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Portage Des Sioux, West Alton evacuations continue as floods worsen

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. - Officials in northern St. Charles County are warning residents the Mississippi River will overtop already saturated and strained levees in the coming days.

Officials conducted a controlled release of the Mississippi River in West Alton on Monday, May 27 to relieve some of the pressure on the levee.

The new crest predictions forced the Rivers Point Fire Protection District to evacuate its fire station in West Alton.

Chief Rick Pender is pointing to the instability of the river levels and rain in the forecast for his reasoning for urging residents living east of Highway 67 were urged to evacuate their homes.

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