Jun 12, 2019

Swollen Mississippi River forces southern Illinois evacuation

Cape Girardeau, MO
USA
by
Fox via Associated Press

The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued 17 people and three dogs from floodwaters in Alexander County in southern Illinois.

Coast Guard officials said Wednesday small, lightweight, flat bottom boats that are suitable for navigating floodwaters in urban areas were deployed to help residents affected by the high waters of the Mississippi River.

According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi crested at Cape Girardeau, Missouri at 46.4 feet, and will fall slowly.