Some rivers receding, but Mississippi River remains high

Thunderstorms that started last weekend caused flooding and pushed many rivers to records levels in Missouri, Arkansas and neighboring states. According to the Weather Network, at least 20 people have been killed in the Midwest since flooding began late last month.

The Mississippi River that separates Missouri and IL was projected to reach 48.5 feet on Saturday near Cape Girardeau, just below its record high of 48.9 feet.

The Midwest wasn't alone. A school bus trying to drive on a flooded road got stuck and almost tipped over near the town of Iowa, Louisiana.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office took part in several water rescues Thursday, including the driver of that semi.

While precipitation was light and spotty throughout the day Wednesday, NWS was anticipating the coverage and intensity of the rain to increase during the overnight hours and into Thursday. MoDOT reports the Route 51 Mississippi River Bridge, also known as the Chester Bridge, in Perry County could close by noon May 4.

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The Mississippi is expected to crest in the next couple of days in St. Louis and to the south.

"The smaller rivers always recede sooner".

The Black River that runs from southeast Missouri into northeast Arkansas was down after cresting at record levels earlier this week in places such as Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Pocahontas, Arkansas.

More than 100 members of the Arkansas National Guard are assisting with the flood-fighting effort in northeast Arkansas.

Hutchinson said Wednesday that 108 guard members have been deployed to the flood-stricken areas and 25 guard vehicles are prepared for high-water rescues if needed.

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"For our employees who wish to stay tonight and also tomorrow, we have sleeping accommodations", said spokeswoman Lulu Liang of the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System.

The soaked levee did hold, and Mayor Michael Pennise said Thursday that residents could return starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

In Illinois, US 50 at Silver Creek between O'Fallon and Lebanon in St. Clair County remains closed. Adding to the insult is the warnings over raw sewage, chemicals, and other unsafe materials in the floodwaters, not to mention the displaced wildlife that could also pose a threat to people.

By early next week it could potentially rise another five feet, at which point it will be at flood stage. Northbound lanes of the interstate remained open on Wednesday, even as the southbound lanes closed because of flooding. Interstate 44 is also closed on two spots, it said.

Aerial photos and video from the St. Louis region and other areas showed the devastating impact of the flooding that has caused as many as a dozen deaths and shut down transportation in parts of the region.

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