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No major damage as Mississippi crests in Cape Girardeau

April 4, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The surging Mississippi River is cresting in the Cape Girardeau area, flooding thousands of acres of farmland.

But the Cape Girardeau County emergency management director, Mark Winkler, said Thursday that there are no homes in danger. He says the owners of flood prone properties have participated in federal buyout programs over the years.

Floodwalls in the city closed a couple weeks ago as the water level slowly crept higher, protecting the downtown. He says that other than a few road closures, with Missouri 177 among them, the area is “doing fine.” Water levels in the area are expected to remain high until Saturday when they will begin falling.

The most damage has been in the northwest part of the state, where the flooding Missouri River inundated hundreds of homes.