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LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI)-- Rivers and creeks in St. Charles County and Lincoln County are on the rise.  Just outside of Winfield along the Mississippi, home owners were moving some of their possession up high or simply moving them out.

Lynn Dutton owns a house on the river. "We just take stuff we have underneath the home to save, so we don`t have to clean it up because that`s the worst part," she stated.

The last time they had to do this was during the flood of 2008.  Usually residents have a week or two notice, but not this time, the river was climbing quickly.

Ron Dutton said, "Fast, most time we get more time this is just a fast one and that`s what happening."

The river is forecast to crest just a few inches below the top of the levee but that could change.  Everyone is in preparation mode.  The good news is that fewer homes are threatened this time.  Emergency Management Director Kelly Hardcastle said there are about 80 fewer homes now in the flood plain.  Hardcastle said, "After the `08 flood they raised their homes or tore them down and moved to different locations."

The Cuivre River was also causing problems.  It could force the closure of Highway 61 where it flows under a highway bridge.  The river is out of its banks.  MoDOT is monitoring the situation.

Flood waters can be a pain in the neck for some folks but for others it's just part of the tradeoff so they can enjoy mother nature up close.  Lynn Dutton said, "River people don`t think its pain, you give the river what she wants and get out of her way."

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