Battling The River

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Winfield, Mo. (AP) Townspeople along the Mississippi river have filled thousands of sandbags for what could be one final stand against the swollen waterway.

The river is starting to recedeupstream, but is hitting its high water mark further south.

With that in mind, volunteers in Lincoln County, Missouri, have filled 50,000 sandbags to fortify a two-and-a-half mile long levee. Federal officials aren't sure it will survive the river's crest in the area later this week.

If it's breached, the rivr will swamp 100 homes in the town of Winfeld and 3,000 acres of farmland.

Farther north, the town of Foey is seeing new flooding from the surging river. Floodwaters are filling the higher part of town. The east side is already under water.

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