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Public safety » Mississippi River begins to recede but high water blamed for at least 3 deaths.


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Spots south of St. Louis aren’t expected to crest until late this week, and significant flooding is possible in places like Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Cairo, Ill. On Monday, flood warnings were issued for Kentucky and Tennessee, but officials say the high water shouldn’t make a significant impact.

Residents of tiny Dutchtown, Mo., south of Cape Girardeau, were filling thousands of sandbags to protect their homes.

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"We’ve had our houses under water more than once out here," town board chairman Bud Smith told the Southeast Missourian. "We’re trying to get a buyout, but you know how slow the government moves."

Elsewhere, smaller rivers were continuing to cause big problems.

The flooding also created some odd scenes. In Fox Lake, Ill., carp from the swollen Fox River were seen swimming on driveways.

And near St. Louis, all 114 barges that broke loose over the weekend were accounted for. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Colin Fogarty said 11 sank and the river will remain closed over a 15-mile stretch out of safety concerns. It wasn’t clear when the river would be allowed to reopen.




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