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Photos: Storms cause flooding in St. Louis area

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A massive storm system moved through the St. Louis area on Thursday, putting several local cities under the threat of flash floods. By John Bailey A massive storm system moved through the St. Louis area on Thursday, putting several local cities under the threat of flash floods. By John Bailey
A massive storm system moved through the St. Louis area on Thursday, putting several local cities under the threat of flash floods. By Brendan Marks A massive storm system moved through the St. Louis area on Thursday, putting several local cities under the threat of flash floods. By Brendan Marks
A massive storm system moved through the St. Louis area on Thursday, putting several local cities under the threat of flash floods. By Sarah Heath A massive storm system moved through the St. Louis area on Thursday, putting several local cities under the threat of flash floods. By Sarah Heath
A massive storm system moved through the St. Louis area on Thursday, putting several local cities under the threat of flash floods. By John Bailey A massive storm system moved through the St. Louis area on Thursday, putting several local cities under the threat of flash floods. By John Bailey

ST. LOUIS -- The Mississippi River is on an ominous rise because of heavy rains across the Midwest this week.

Several communities in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri could see near-record flooding this weekend, a sharp contrast to just two months ago when the river was at near-record lows.

National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said Friday that some of the biggest concerns are in places like Quincy, Ill., where the river is threatening a bridge and a sewage plant.

The river is also causing problems in Clarksville, Mo., where hundreds of people worked overnight to build a levee of gravel, sandbags and plastic overlay before the murky water makes it into businesses and homes.

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