The Latest: Coming rounds of rains hold key to flooding

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on flooding along the Mississippi River (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service at St. Louis says rain in the coming days will determine whether Mississippi River levels will rise more than expected.

Levels at some points reached their highest ever this past week.

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Several rounds of rain are expected in the coming week throughout the Mississippi River basin. The weather service says that, at best, the rain will cause the swollen river to linger at current elevated levels. At worst, additional rain will push river levels higher, leading to more flooding.

A flood warning continues for areas on either side of the river from Minnesota all the way to Louisiana, where the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

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9:20 a.m.

The Mississippi River has crested at many of the hardest-hit towns, but with more heavy rain expected over the next several days, the latest round of spring flooding may be far from finished.

The river was starting to decline at Davenport, Iowa, after eclipsing the 1993 record, but downtown remained underwater. It will likely be days before it dries out.

The Mississippi crested a few feet shy of 1993 levels at several other places in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. Crests further to the south in towns like Cape Girardeau, Missouri, aren’t expected until the middle of next week.

Other rivers in the Midwest also are seeing significant flooding. The floods are blamed on four deaths, three in Missouri and one in Indiana.

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