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Tri-State towns keep close eye on Mississippi River

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Tri-State officials continue to keep a close eye on the Mississippi River, as it continues to rise in the area.  However, some communities believe they've seen the worst, while others are continuing to work to keep everyone safe.

Sandbags and tarps are the only thing protecting Niota residents from the Mississippi river.  President of Niota Flood Control Pat McEntee said there's no telling when the river will stop rising, which is making it difficult to know if they'll need to put up more sandbags around Niota. 
   
"Until we hit crest, we don't really know where crest is going to be or when it's going to be," McEntee said.  "So it really doesn't affect us too much except for the uncertainty of it all."

McEntee hopes this is the last of the rising water. 

"We feel pretty good actually right now, as long as we don't see another bunch of rain and we have another crest, but we have to worry about the wind and wave action destroying the tops," he said. 

From Niota to America's Hometown, MoDOT officials closed down highway 79 because of the rising water.  Maintenance Supervisor Greg Price said the water was coming up too fast to keep the highway open.
   
"It's really for the public safety you know," Price said.  "If you have water over the road and you have clear road going down to that and a lot of people drive too fast for those conditions, so it's a safety concern for the public." 

While Price and the crew were able to close down highway 79, he warns everyone to still be careful when driving because not every road will have a closed sign.     

"Be safe out there, you know there's a lot of rising water not only on state roads but county roads and city roads, so watch for those concerns," Price said. 

Price says the river is supposed to crest in the Hannibal and Ralls County area in the next couple days.  Once the water starts to drop, the department will re-open highway 79. 
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