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More Rain Expected for Already Swollen Midwest Rivers

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    April 3, 2014 | 3:36 pm
    CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) Shipping has resumed along a 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi River near St. Louis.

    The Coast Guard determined that 11 barges that sank last weekend in the rain-swollen waterway aren't a hazard to navigation.

    Communities along the river -- and other waterways throughout the Midwest -- are keeping an eye on the makeshift levees that are holding back floodwaters. Additional rain today could bring the river levels even higher than predicted earlier.

    A hydrologist with the National Weather Service says the latest dousing could be especially troubling for communities along the Illinois River, which is headed for record-high crests.

    In Clarksville, Mo., on the Mississippi River, a makeshift floodwall of sand and gravel is showing signs of strain, and crews are scrambling to patch trouble spots.