Water begins retreat in flood battle

Sunday, May 19, 2002

In the early morning hours Sunday, after nearly two weeks on the rise, the Mississippi River finally began to recede.

By mid-afternoon, sandbags that once stood as barriers against flood waters started to dry, streets that were once covered with water began to emerge and the boundries of the newly formed lake at Dutchtown started to shrink. For more on this story, read Monday's Southeast Missourian.

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