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April 21, 2013

Crests approaching in several towns along Mississippi River

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CLARKSVILLE, Mo. —

“I had a rough night last night. I had an anxiety attack,” he admitted.

Many towns on smaller rivers in other states were dealing with floodwaters, too.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has declared four more counties disaster areas, bringing the statewide number of disaster declarations to 41. Several rivers were approaching record levels there, and thousands of people have been evacuated, especially in Peoria and other communities along the Illinois River.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent part of the weekend surveying flood damage. He said state officials have begun assessing the scope of the damage to determine if affected communities are eligible for disaster assistance. Hundreds of people have been evacuated, and the towns of Kokomo, Tipton and Elwood were especially affected.

In Wisconsin, several rivers were starting to fall off, but are expected to rise again with rainfall next week. Everyone from high school volunteers in jail inmates have proactively filled thousands of sandbags in the Janesville area for residents who might need them in the coming days.

The mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., declared a state of emergency Saturday, and the Grand River is likely to surpass its high-water mark either Sunday or Monday.

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