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Ongoing community sandbagging efforts aim to protect Lincoln County communities

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ELSBERRY, Mo. – Lincoln County residents have been on alert since the first spring flood forecast came out and now plans are once again are being put into action.

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at Winfield at 36.9 feet on Saturday. That's 13 feet above flood stage and dangerously close to topping the levees there.

In Elsberry, volunteers have been filling sandbags; over a thousand on Thursday alone. It's a real community effort, with folks from the local Providence Bank and students with Future Farmers of America stepping in to help. Those sandbags are already being put to work, shoring up levees and protecting at-risk roads.

Officials are hopeful the fast-moving crest will minimize the impact of this flood event.

The Cuivre River is also out of its banks. They are watching that closely since Old Monroe is hosting its bicentennial this Saturday.

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