Water receding in town isolated by flood

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ST. LOUIS (AP) –  The tiny southeast Missouri town of Allenville remains isolated by floods, but residents are feeling better about their plight.

The Mississippi River reached a record level in Cape Girardeau County on Friday. The river water continues to encircle the roughly 45 homes in Allenville, where residents are getting around by boat.

But Cape Girardeau County emergency management director Richard Knaup says the water level is falling. Last week, he feared that several of the homes would be damaged, but only one took on water.

Knaup says levee breaks across the river in Illinois lowered the water level enough to keep most of Allenville’s homes dry.