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The Ohio River at Cairo fell below flood stage on Saturday night.

That ended a record stretch of continuous flooding at 156 days. It started on February 8th. The previous record of 97 days occurred from March to June of 1973.

Here's another sign floodwaters in the region are continuing to recede.

The Illinois Department of Transportation Tuesday re-opened Route 3 between Highway 151 and Chester.

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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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Even though the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau is falling, water on the Illinois side continues to rise.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has closed Route 3 from McClure south and Highway 146 in East Cape Girardeau.

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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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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.

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Throughout Grand Tower the sound of pumps, birds and the river fills the town's enviroment.

With the Mississippi River rising, residents in southern Illinois river towns including Grand Tower are working to keep their homes dry from flooding and preparing to evacute if the river breaches the levee. 

According to the National Weather Service, on June 7 the river was measured to be a higher than 49 feet. In the Great Flood 93' the river crested at 52 feet. 

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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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A flood advisory is in effect until further notice for Union County.

The sheriff's office says residents in low-lying areas prone to flooding need to be alert until the Mississippi River stage falls to a safe level. All levee roads are closed to public traffic.

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Based on current river level projections, the Missouri Department of Transportation plans to close the Mississippi River Bridge at Chester this weekend.

The bridge links Perry County, Missouri to Randolph County, Illinois.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has called up roughly 200 guard soldiers as near record crests are predicted along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.   The soldiers are being deployed to perform duties like sandbagging, levee reinforcement and potential rescue efforts.  

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Already severe flooding on the Mississippi River is getting worse for several areas in Illinois and Missouri.

The National Weather Service now predicts the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau is forecast to crest at 45. 5 feet on June 6th. That's about three feet shy of the record crest in January 2016.

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A two-year-old social media post from the Missouri Department of Transportation was re-posted Thursday, confusing area residents.

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Towns along the Mississippi River and its tributaries should brace for the prospect of potentially serious flooding this spring, in large part due to an unusually snowy winter to the north.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker is heralding what he calls a key investment in the future economic development of the region.

State Senator Dale Fowler of Harrisburg says a million dollars in capital funding has been released for the proposed river port terminal in Cairo.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The most expensive inland waterway project in U.S. history is set to open later this year.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Olmsted Locks and Dam in southern Illinois is scheduled for Thursday.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of what was known as the Great Flood of 1993. State Climatologist Dr. Jim Angel covered the flood -- which affected Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. 

Residents, environmentalists fear more flooding if Illinois loosens oversight on high levees

Aug 23, 2017

Nancy Guyton has lived by the Mississippi River her entire life. She and her husband farm in Annada, a small town on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River. She knows that growing crops on the floodplain comes with some risks.

The Guytons’ farm, about 65 miles north of St. Louis, endured major floods along the Mississippi in 1993 and 2008. But since 2008, she’s noticed more flood events.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says the body of one of the two people who drowned Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River has been recovered.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating after a tow boat sank in the Mississippi River near Cairo, leading to a rescue of the crew.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says two people may have drowned Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River.

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Authorities say a sewer line in southern Illinois broke last month and daily is dumping about 2 million gallons of storm water and sewage into the Mississippi River.

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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.

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Heavy rains over the last several days have prompted flood warnings all over the region.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) released the state's first ever Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.  The document is the state's plan to decrease pollution of local waterways, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico -- pollution caused in large part by fertilizer runoff from farmland.

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