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PACIFIC, MO (KTVI) - The projected crest in Pacific will shatter the flood record set there in 1982. There are evacuations underway Tuesday afternoon.

In 1982, the crest was 33.6 feet. The water came all the to train tracks on 1st Street. The projected crest Wednesday is more than 2 feet higher at 35.7 feet.

About half of old town Pacific already is underwater. About 300-400 homes and businesses have been evacuated. Old Route 66 into town, also called the 44 Business Loop, is underwater in two places.

The banks of the Meramec have long since disappeared. The water's edge continues to creep further and further into town. Authorities expect sandbagging through the night -- and another 400 or so evacuations.