Rising River Again Causing Concern in SE Missouri
COMMERCE, Mo. (AP) - The rising Mississippi River is raising concerns in some southeast Missouri communities.
Heavy rain since late last week is causing the river to spike again. The National Weather Service is projecting a crest of 41.5 feet Wednesday in Cape Girardeau. That's nearly 10 feet above flood stage and just inches short of the crest during April flooding.
Cape Girardeau is protected by a flood wall but streets are already submerged in some neighboring towns like Commerce, where some residents need boats to get to and from their homes.
The river was 5-6 feet above flood stage Monday at several Missouri towns north of St. Louis -- Hannibal, Louisiana, Clarksville. No major problems were reported in those communities.
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