Neighbor Helping Neighbor Against The River

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

OAKVILLE, Iowa (AP) -- Neighbors along the Mississippi River are standing shoulder-to-shoulder today, filling sandbags against expected record crests.

A levee protecting Canton, Missouri, appears to be holding this morning after floodwaters dropped dramatically overnight. Forecasters had predicted a flood stage just below the record height. But before sunrise, water levels had dropped well below the top of sandbag walls built by volunteers.

Federal officials predict that as many as 30 more levees could overflow this week, leaving industrial and agricultural areas vulnerable but sparing major residential centers. So far this week, 20 levees have overflowed.

President Bush gets a bird's-eye view of flooded areas today and will try to reassure victims on the ground that federal help is forthcoming.

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