Dark clouds on horizon for flood-weary Midwest

Dark clouds on horizon for flood-weary Midwest”

The river has already crested at numerous hardest-hit towns, but the wet forecast is a concern.

During the historic flooding in July 1993, the Mississippi River near Davenport rose to its highest level ever: 22.63 feet.

The Mississippi's levels slowly fell north of St. Louis after they reached record or near-record highs in many communities.

The Mississippi River is expected to crest Monday near St. Louis Riverfront. Four deaths last week were blamed on floods. But it could rise again, as more rain is expected to fall this week in the central USA, including 3 inches or more in parts of Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.

The river - a key transportation artery for shipments of grain, agricultural chemicals, energy products, and other commodities - is closed from river mile marker 179 to 184, the Coast Guard said.

"You've got water sitting on levees for long periods of time - that's no good", he said. The Mississippi River initially reached that risky height due to a mix of rain and melting snow that caused all of the rivers in the system to crest at the same time. National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs says a levee also broke in Pike County, near Clarksville.

Marissa Whitman, 20, wades in about 3 feet of floodwater from the swelling Mississippi River, while guiding a boat carrying her boyfriend Brendan Cameron and his mother, Tory Cameron, to their home along Pet Street, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in East Foley, Mo.

The river was closed to navigation in St. Louis. Much of eastern Kansas and western Missouri were under flood warnings.

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