Waters on Mississippi continue to rise
Date: 6/17/2008 Album ID: 540585
Photos by Erik M. Lunsford and JB Forbes
Residents of Eastern Missouri prepare for high water as the runoff from flooded regions in Iowa pour into the Mississippi River.
The ferry across the Mississippi River has long since closed since floodwaters began to rise near Lock & Dam 25 near Winfield, Missouri on Tuesday. Police closed off part of Highway N that leads to the dam as waters threaten the surrounding levees.Erik M. Lunsford | Post-Dispatch<P><br><div align=right><b><a href=http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/category.asp?CategoryID=40151><img src=http://images.stltoday.com/stltoday/images/sexyarrow.gif border=0><font color=#990000> View more photos of local flooding</a></font></b></div><br><br>
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John Watson wants nothing to do with looters in his Foley, Mo., house. He has determined the only way to stop them is by riding out the rising floodwaters and living in a tent pitched on his roof. John prepares for the floodwaters Tuesday by gutting the interior of his home and placing all of his belongings in the attic. In the tent, John keeps a generator, food, water, cooking supplies, guns and ammunition. Nearby, two roof-accessible boats tied up to trees await the floodwaters. Erik M. Lunsford | Post-Dispatch<P><br><div align=right><b><a href=http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/category.asp?CategoryID=40151><img src=http://images.stltoday.com/stltoday/images/sexyarrow.gif border=0><font color=#990000> View more photos of local flooding</a></font></b></div><br><br>
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About the only items left in the Foley, Mo., home of John Watson on Tuesday are several decorations on the wall and a few pieces of furniture. Watson and his stepson Billy Ray Smith (pictured), along with helper Charles Jarvis, clean out the home of Watson and his wife Donna Smith as rising floodwaters threaten to flood the property in the next few days. Belongings were stowed in the attic as John prepares to ride out the floodwaters in a tent pitched on his roof.Erik M. Lunsford | Post-Dispatch<P><br><div align=right><b><a href=http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/category.asp?CategoryID=40151><img src=http://images.stltoday.com/stltoday/images/sexyarrow.gif border=0><font color=#990000> View more photos of local flooding</a></font></b></div><br><br>
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About the only items left in the Foley, Mo., home of John Watson on Tuesday are several decorations on the wall. Watson and his stepson Billy Ray Smith, along with helper Charles Jarvis (pictured), clean out the home of Watson and his wife Donna Smith as rising floodwaters threaten to flood the property in the next few days. Belongings were stowed in the attic as John prepares to ride out the floodwaters in a tent pitched on his roof.Erik M. Lunsford | Post-Dispatch<P><br><div align=right><b><a href=http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/category.asp?CategoryID=40151><img src=http://images.stltoday.com/stltoday/images/sexyarrow.gif border=0><font color=#990000> View more photos of local flooding</a></font></b></div><br><br>
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Billy Ray Smith, stepson of John Watson, takes a break from preparing his stepfather's home from rising floodwaters in Foley, Mo., on Tuesday. The owner, John Watson wants nothing to do with looters in his house. He has determined the only way to stop them is by riding out the rising floodwaters and living in a tent pitched on the roof of his house. John prepares for the floodwaters by gutting the interior of his home and placing all of his belongings in the attic. Erik M. Lunsford | Post-Dispatch<P><br><div align=right><b><a href=http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/category.asp?CategoryID=40151><img src=http://images.stltoday.com/stltoday/images/sexyarrow.gif border=0><font color=#990000> View more photos of local flooding</a></font></b></div><br><br>
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Crew members of Gateway Arch Riverboats make their way back to the barge on the St. Louis riverfront Tuesday afternoon after securing a new tow line higher up on the Arch grounds. The men are from left: Capt. Bill Ray, Mate Kevin Riggins, and Capt. Gary Desnoyer. They said the high waters gives them a chance to paint and repair their boats.J.B. Forbes | Post-Dispatch<P><br><div align=right><b><a href=http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/category.asp?CategoryID=40151><img src=http://images.stltoday.com/stltoday/images/sexyarrow.gif border=0><font color=#990000> View more photos of local flooding</a></font></b></div><br><br>
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The plaque marking how high the 1993 flood reached on the steps leading to the Arch is still far above the rising Mississippi River waters. The water would have to come up another 26 steps to reach the record level. The river is forecast to rise at least another four feet before the crest.J.B. Forbes | Post-Dispatch<P><br><div align=right><b><a href=http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/category.asp?CategoryID=40151><img src=http://images.stltoday.com/stltoday/images/sexyarrow.gif border=0><font color=#990000> View more photos of local flooding</a></font></b></div><br><br>
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