River flooding continues in Midwest, with several towns expected to see crests Sunday

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Associated Press

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 21 at 10:02 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Another portion of the flooded Mississippi River is closed after around 80 barges broke loose south of St. Louis.

The river is cresting at some spots north of St. Louis, but remains on the rise south of the city.

River traffic is mostly at a standstill from the Quad Cities to St. Louis because most locks have been closed. Even two Mississippi River bridges were closed. At least six states are looking at dangerously river levels following torrential rains this past week. Record flooding is possible in some places as dozens of rivers overflow their banks.

The water levels have forced evacuations, closed roads, swamped hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland and shut down much of the upper Mississippi River to barge traffic.

Volunteers, National Guardsmen and even prison inmates have been taking part in sandbagging and other efforts to ward off fast-rising floodwaters.

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021-a-08-(Jim Allsopp, warning coordination meteorologist, National Weather Service Central Region Headquarters, in AP interview)-"still pretty high"-Meteorologist Jim Allsopp, at the National Weather Service's Central Region Headquarters, says the flooding in northern Illinois is starting to ease. (21 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *021 (04/21/13)>> 00:08 "still pretty high"

020-a-15-(Jim Allsopp, warning coordination meteorologist, National Weather Service Central Region Headquarters, in AP interview)-"and northern Indiana"-Meteorologist Jim Allsopp, at the National Weather Service's Central Region Headquarters, says a very wet spring has aggravated the usual spring thaw period. (21 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *020 (04/21/13)>> 00:15 "and northern Indiana"

018-r-18-(Sound of National Weather Service recording, with weekend river stage forecasts for the Mississippi River)-"27.5, 28.3, 28.3"-Sound of National Weather Service recording, with weekend river stage forecasts for the Mississippi River. (21 Apr 2013)

<<CUT *018 (04/21/13)>> 00:18 "27.5, 28.3, 28.3"

APPHOTO ILPEO103: A boat sits in a flooded portion of a neighborhood along Oak Lawn Street in Chiilicothe, Ill., on Saturday, April 20, 2013, as the Illinois River rises due to heavy rains earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Peoria Journal Star, Ron Johnson) (20 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO ILARL105: Residents continue to clean up following this past week's flooding, Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Lombard, Ill. The recent rains have swollen many rivers and streams across the state to record or near record levels. Homes and businesses have been inundated and thousands of people have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Daniel White) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT (19 Apr 2012)

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APPHOTO MIGRA102: This aerial photograph shows homes surrounded by Grand River flood waters Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Robinson Twp., Mich. Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell has declared a state of emergency as the city deals with rising waters. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT (20 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO MIGRA101: This aerial photo shows flooded homes and FifthThird Ballpark along the Grand River north of downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. Saturday, April 20, 2013. Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell has declared a state of emergency as the city deals with rising waters. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark ) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT (20 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO ILARL102: Rich Sanders checks the level of the water on his boots and decides to walk back to his house on Lincolnshire Way, Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Vernon Hills, Ill. Sanders wanted to checking the water level at the end of the block but turning back on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Rich said his house did not get any water. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, George LeClaire) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT (20 Apr 2013)

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APPHOTO ILPEO102: Chad Keedy and stepdaughter Jordan DeBolt, 15, of Chillicothe, Ill., paddle through flood waters in their neighborhood along Oak Lawn Street in Chiilicothe, Ill., on Saturday, April 20, 2013, as the Illinois River rises due to heavy rains earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Peoria Journal Star, Ron Johnson) (20 Apr 2013)

<<APPHOTO ILPEO102 (04/20/13)>>

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