Residents Keep Fighting Rising Mississippi River

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WINFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Round-the-clock work is under way to reinforce Mississippi River levees with just days to go before the bloated Big Muddy reaches its crest.

A call has been issued in Lincoln County, Missouri, for volunteers to help fill 50,000 sandbags to fortify the Pin Oak levee. A county emergency management official says the earthen berm is so waterlogged that it's like "walking on a waterbed."

A breach in the levee means the river will swamp 100 homes in east Winfield, as well as farm fields and a city ballpark.

Upriver, where the river has already crested, officials are waiting for the danger to recede.

Not far from the Iowa state line, the river is down a few inches at Canton after cresting yesterday at 27 feet -- just shy of the record set during the Great Flood of 1993.

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