Dark clouds on horizon for flood-weary Midwest

Flood-Swollen Mississippi River Closed to Shipping at St. Louis -U.S. Coast Guard

Mississippi River rising in Iowa

The Mississippi River has crested at numerous hardest-hit towns, but with more heavy rain expected over the next several days, the latest round of spring flooding may be far from finished.

The Mississippi River at Rock Island, by Davenport, reached a near-record crest of 22.58 feet last Friday and has since dropped to a crest of 21.1 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

That record is no more.

The river crested Monday in downtown St. Louis and will do so later this week farther south.

The floods are blamed on four deaths, three in Missouri and one in Indiana.

Flood gates have closed as the Mississippi River continues to swell. 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.

"You've got water sitting on levees for long periods of time - that's no good", he said. Another levee broke in northeastern Missouri's Pike County, and several small farm levees in Missouri were overtopped.

Problems weren't isolated to communities along the Mississippi.

The conservation order covers Illinois American Water customers in Belleville, East St. Louis, Granite City, Madison, Venice, Centerville, Brooklyn, Fairmont City, Sauget, Shiloh, Washington Park, Allerton, Cahokia and Swansea.

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