Black River rising fast in Poplar Bluff

Monday, May 2, 2011 ~ Updated 9:55 AM

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) -- Another night of heavy downpours has soaked the southeastern portion of Missouri, creating even more concern in a region already seeing historic flooding.

Some areas received 5 inches of rain from Sunday night through Monday morning, and more was on the way before clearing skies are finally expected on Tuesday.

The Black River rose sharply overnight in some spots, including hard-hit Poplar Bluff. The river had dropped to below flood stage after last week's flooding forced the evacuation of 1,000 residents, but jumped 8 feet overnight. It wasn't clear if new evacuations were being considered.

At Lake Wappapello, water was spilling over an emergency levee on the lake spillway, potentially threatening areas south of the lake on the St. Francis River. Authorities went door-to-door Sunday telling residents to be ready to evacuate.

On Monday, Stoddard County Emergency Manager Dale Moreland said they weren't ordering an evacuation yet, but he was urging residents up to three miles from the Saint Francis River to be prepared for flooding.

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