Flooding Mississippi River tests communities as it surges

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is reflected in the near record flood waters of the Mississippi River taken from East St. Louis, Illinois Flooding Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

ST. LOUIS – The flooding Mississippi River is closing roads, inundating low lying areas and testing sandbag fortifications.

The river was cresting Tuesday in St. Louis, which closed its floodwalls in anticipation of the surge. Some parkland is underwater, although the flooding isn’t classified as major.

Upstream, river levels are beginning to fall in Clarksville, where residents sandbagged around homes and businesses. In nearby Louisiana, Missouri, the flood briefly forced closure of the Champ Clark Bridge that connects Missouri and Illinois.

So far, Mississippi River flood damage is far less severe than March flooding along the Missouri River. I busted levees in Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri, damaging hundreds of homes and swamping farmland. About 140 Missouri roads are closed, many of them in the northwest part of the state.

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