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Kevin Boucher

Even though the Mississippi River has dropped below flood stage, many river communities have work to do.

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The Great Flood of 2019 affected 36 of the states 102 counties.

Illinois was granted an extension by FEMA for submitting a major disaster declaration due to the amount of damage that’s still unknown.

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Carpentersville Public Safety

Road closures due to high water in Alexander County have isolated residents in East Cape Girardeau and some of those living in McClure and Gale.

Lesley Stoffel manages Southern Roots Hair Company in Anna. She is helping organize a donation drive to gather everyday items flood victims need to survive.

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The water keeps rising in parts of Alexander County, so for the public's safety, a curfew is now in place.

Officials say residents should not be out past 10 p.m. in both McClure and East Cape Girardeau.

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Governor J.B. Pritzker has issued a new state disaster proclamation for all 36 counties currently undergoing flood response or recovery activities in Illinois. This includes Jackson, Union, Alexander and Randolph Counties.

While some portions of the state have begun recovery operations, there are still several river communities in an active flood fight with river levels in major flood stage.

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The flooding situation in East Cape Girardeau is worsening.

Due to water over the roadways, officials of the Village of East Cape Girardeau have issued a VOLUNTARY evacuation order. This is not MANDATORY.

The 2019 flood is not only closing some major roadways between Illinois and Missouri, it's also shutting down some popular recreational spots.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says high water has forced the closure of the Kinkaid Lake spillway, most of Horseshoe Lake, the Fort Massac boat ramp and Fort Defiance near Cairo.

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An advocacy group for Mississippi River communities says this year's prolonged flooding has created more than $2 billion in damage.

Mayors from river communities agreed Tuesday this year's flood has been particularly damaging because of how long it has stuck around.

The Mississippi River system is both an artery and a vein. It pumps ag products out of the heartland and into the world while bringing back fertilizer and steel to keep that economic engine purring.

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Heavy rain that produced some flash flooding in parts of the region Sunday evening led to the death of one person.

The Union County Sheriff's office says floodwaters swept away the vehicle of an unidentified woman on State Forest Road.

While water levels are beginning to drop along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, heavy flooding has led to the closure of many roads leading into small river towns and nearly 100 miles of the Katy Trail.

This time of year, John Benz’s campground along Highway 94 in Rhineland is normally packed with Katy Trail bike riders. But, flooding from the Missouri River led to the cancellation of the annual Katy Trail Ride and the closure of the highway. As a result, Benz said business has been down about 90%.

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An Emergency Operations Center is being set up at the Community Center in East Cape Girardeau.

The contact phone number is (618)-306-1375. Any requests for assistance involving the flooding in Alexander County can be directed to the EOC. The workers there will be working to provide resources to those affected by the flood.

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Residents of a mobile home park in Alexander County have been evacuated due to the high level of the Mississippi River.

An order was issued Monday night in East Cape Girardeau. Electricity was being cut off Tuesday. Members of the Illinois National Guard are building sandbag barriers in the area.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

In Alexander County, a post on Facebook indicates the Mayor of East Cape Girardeau is issuing an evacuation for the East Cape trailer park ONLY.

Power to the trailer park will be shut off Tuesday morning for safety. There is no levee breach, this is for the trailer park only and is due to seep water.

With the Mississippi River at its second-highest level in history, Metro East Sanitary District Executive Director Steve Adler has three worries.

The first is people. The second is more rain. The third thing is the most sinister and potentially catastrophic, he said. It’s an earthquake.

Adler tells people who live behind the levees that when the river is above 30 feet, if they feel the ground shake, leave.

“Grab the kids. Grab the dog. Get in your car and drive up to the bluffs,” Adler said.

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A low pressure system will drift into the region and stall, bringing the chance of heavy rains.

While overall rainfall amounts into the weekend may average in the 1 to 2 inch range, locally higher amounts will be possible.

Governor J.B. Pritzker is calling in more reinforcements to help fight flooding.    

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Illinois State Police

The Flood of 2019 is impacting several areas in southern Illinois.

Illinois State Police trooper Tracy Lillard says five counties will be impacted directly as the Mississippi River is forecast to crest over the next couple of days.

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The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency wants county residents to report any flood related damage to its office.

Officials are collecting damage assessments in case disaster recovery assistance would become available in the future.

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The Union County Sheriff's Office and the the county emergency management agency wants residents in the Wolf Lake and Ware areas to consider evacuating until the Mississippi River falls to a safe level.

Officials say several sand boils were identified on the levee west of Wolf Lake. Local, state and federal agencies say their non-stop work to stabilize the sand boils appears to be successful, so far.

Updated Road Closure List:

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With more rain expected in the region, volunteers in are filling hundreds of sandbags to save some areas that are inching closer and closer to high water.

Volunteers are bagging the sand at the former Curwood Plant on North 19th Street in Murphysboro.

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Governor Bruce Rauner is activating the state's Emergency Operations Center to help flooded communities.

The center helps coordinate emergency and relief efforts to rain soaked areas. The governor says a big focus now is on river flooding that will increase throughout the week.

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Heavy rains forced evacuations and closed roads across the region over the weekend, and experts say we're not out of the woods yet.

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Major street flooding was reported in parts of the region on Thursday afternoon.

AT and T Donates $5,000 to Olive Branch Flood Victims

Mar 18, 2016
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On Friday afternoon, at a barbecue and get together at the Alexander County Community Center, A T and T presented a $5,000 check to the Olive Branch Area Community Development Corporation to help with flood relief and to recognize the local efforts of the many volunteers who are working to recover from the flood damage caused when the levee broke near Olive Branch on New Year's Day 2016.

Residents and emergency officials in flood-stricken  Randolph and Alexander counties got the chance to meet with U-S Senator Dick Durbin Wednesday. 

At the  packed Horseshoe Lake Community Center in Olive Branch Durbin was asked when the county could expect  help from Washington.

Alexander County authorities have issued an emergency evacuation notice for residents who live behind the Len Small Levee.

Flooding has resulted in several road closures across the southern Illinois region.

Waters are rising along some areas of the Mississippi River while utility workers try to restore power after weekend storms.