Mississippi River falls in St. Louis as surge moves south

ST. LOUIS – Water levels in the swollen Mississippi River have started falling in St. Louis as the crest moves downstream.

St. Louis closed its floodgates in advance of Tuesday’s crest. Although the flooding there isn’t classified as major, it closed some roads, including stretches of Missouri 94 and 67.

Downstream, the flood fight continues. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s handed out more than 100,000 sandbags to communities in its St. Louis district, including Clarksville, parts of Jefferson County and Ste. Genevieve.

Along flooded stretches of the Missouri River, the focus has mostly shifted to cleanup. Last month, the surging river caused dozens of levee breaches that inundated about 168,000 acres in Missouri’s two hardest-hit counties of Holt and Atchison. Damage also was widespread in Nebraska and Iowa.

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