Published: Sun, May 07, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Some rivers receding, but Mississippi River remains high

However, agronomists predict around two-third of the 937,000 affected acres could survive if no more rain falls. The U.S. Coast Guard said it was necessary due to high water and a swift current. Downpours that dumped up to a foot of rain in parts of the nation'.

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 that while I-44 is closed from I-270 to Route 100 in St. Louis and Franklin counties remains closed, the interstate has reopened at Hazelgreen in Laclede County.

(Staci Vandagriff/The Jonesboro Sun via AP).

It's unclear when vessel traffic will be allowed to resume along the Mississippi.

Floodwaters are receding in many hard-hit Midwestern communities, but the worst is yet to come on the Mississippi River.

"Fortunately these are all replaceable things", the 50-year-old Fiorilli said.

So far, five people have died in Missouri flooding, and several towns have sustained damage.

Severe flooding on the Mississippi River convinced officials to close a bridge connecting southern IL and Missouri. Particularly hard hit is northeast Arkansas, where late April/early May torrential rains have caused extensive flooding of areas surrounding the Black River and White River. Wild animals displaced by flooding also pose a potential threat. Health officials said floodwater contains raw sewage, chemicals and other potentially toxic items.

Liang said the systems two medical center sites in mid-town St. Louis and at Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County are fully operational. They were evacuated Monday amid concerns the levee might not hold, but the area stayed dry.

Along the Meramec River in Eureka, residents piled up sandbags to protect homes and businesses Tuesday. Until the flooding situation subsides, travelers are being urged to find alternate routes to travel east and west and now north and south across the state.

"The smaller rivers always recede sooner". Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and IL, and the Wabash River in IN was flooding at Terre Haute, Vincennes and other places.

Flood warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for the stretch of the Black River and the waterways it feeds that pass through Randolph, Lawrence, Clay and Jackson counties as well as specific warnings for the Little Red River at Judsonia, the Cache River near Patterson and the White River at Batesville, among others.

In Pacific, Fiorilli was biding his time in his GMC Yukon because a local shelter for flood victims wasn't accepting dogs.

"My wife collected some clothes and our kids while I went to warn the neighbors to get out", he told CNN.

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