CLARKSVILLE, MO -- Efforts to hold back floodwaters in several communities along the Mississippi River have been mostly successful today, despite the rising water and an ominous forecast.
The Mississippi is at or near crest at several places from the Quad Cities south to near St. Louis -- some spots reaching 10-12 feet above flood stage. The water has swamped hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland.
Authorities in central Illinois rescued two people stranded in a truck on a flooded roadway. Two people in Indiana and one in Missouri people died when their vehicles were swept off flooding roads. Bridges have been closed, including sections of major highways like U.S. 61 in Iowa and Missouri and crossings at Quincy, Ill., and Louisiana, Mo.
The U.S. Coast Guard said 114 barges broke loose near St. Louis last night, and four hit the Jefferson Barracks Bridge in St. Louis County. The bridge was closed about six hours for inspection but reopened this morning. Most of the runaway barges were corralled but at least 10 sank and two others were unaccounted for.