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Lois Dailing, right, visits with Lenny Brown as the pair look out at the Mississippi River covering what's normally acres of farmland outside Dailing's home Friday, April 19, 2013, in the village of Marblehead in rural Adams County, Ill. Dailing said she heard the river was sitting at 25 feet Friday, and was expected to crest about three feet higher in the coming days. "We're gonna start calling it Lake Marblehead," she said with a laugh. (AP Photo/The Quincy Herald-Whig, Phil Carlson)

Rain creating floodwaters for Midwestern river cities

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Communities along the Mississippi River and other rain-engorged waterways are waging feverish bids to hold back floodwaters that may soon approach record levels.

After days of torrential rains, Midwesterners find themselves watching rivers and tributaries rise — a sharp contrast to the region's drought that months earlier had sucked the Mississippi so dry that barge traffic was threatened.

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