Rising Mississippi river threatens to overtop 19 levees in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) – The rising Mississippi River and its tributaries are threatening to overtop 19 federal levees in the St. Louis area.

Army Corps of Engineers officials said Tuesday that the threatened areas include Perry and Ste. Genevieve counties in Missouri, and Randolph County in Illinois.

The levee protecting the historic downtown of Ste. Genevieve is not believed to be threatened.

Federal officials provided the update at a briefing with U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, an Illinois Republican, at the Corps’ emergency operations center in downtown St. Louis.

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