Floodwaters test sandbag fortifications, close dam road

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ST. LOUIS – The Mississippi River is testing sandbag fortifications as high water levels make their way downstream.

In St. Louis, the river isn’t expected to crest until Friday, but river levels already are the second highest on record. The city itself is well protected by a flood wall, but in suburban Bellefontaine Neighbors sandbagging continued Tuesday. Flood waters have gotten so close to homes that the flood wall stretched through several backyards.

Along the Missouri River, dozens of levees have been overtopped or breached. That’s caused water to rise in the cemetery in the small town of Hardin, where more than 1,000 bodies washed away in the massive 1993 flooding.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also says water levels are at record levels in Truman Lake, and the roadway across the dam has been closed.

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