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Small southeast Missouri town preparing for Mississippi River flooding, homes threatened

Volunteers are busy stacking sandbags in the tiny Missouri town of Dutchtown as the Mississippi River threatens to send water into about a third of the town's homes, along with a handful of businesses and a post office.

Heavy rain over the past several days has spurred a second round of spring flooding in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. The Mississippi and Missouri rivers have already crested in many places north and west of St. Louis, though water remains dangerously high.

But to the south, the worst is yet to come. Work was underway Monday to reinforce a makeshift levee in Dutchtown, where the Mississippi is expected to crest in three days. Nearby Allenville is also threatened, and the river is lapping near the tops of levees in Jefferson City.