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Several levees monitored in Missouri; death toll rises to 20

Several levees monitored in Missouri; death toll rises to 20

People move some of their belongings to higher ground on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, as the Meramec River continues to rise next to the Gravois Road bridge in old town Fenton, Mo. Torrential rains over the past several days pushed already swollen rivers and streams to virtually unheard-of heights in parts of Missouri and Illinois. Record flooding was projected at some Mississippi River towns, and the Meramec River near St. Louis was expected to get to more than 3 feet above the previous record by late this week (J.B. Forbes /St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Hundreds of homes could be threatened by rare winter flooding on the Mississippi River.

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