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Mississippi River Flooding Forces Hundreds To Evacuate

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  • 06.04.13 12:01 PM EDT

Residents of the Missouri town of West Alton were urged to leave their homes in the face of rising flood waters on Monday evening after the Mississippi River breached a temporary sand barricade.

The National Weather Service reported that the river around Alton was more than a dozen feet higher than flood stage. The evacuation affects about 300 residents.