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Missourians Sandbagging in Preparation of River Floods

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Missourians living along the Mississippi River are sandbagging the river's levees and evacuating their homes in advance of expected river crests. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

Lieutenant Gov. Peter Kinder is asking President Bush to expedite a disaster declaration to help Missouri deal with record flooding along the Mississippi river.

With Gov. Matt Blunt out of the state, Kinder has deployed nearly 200 national guard members to help manage relief efforts.

Terry Durdaller spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, says the state is keeping a close eye on the river's levees.

Officials say the predicted crest of just under 29 feet near Alexandria, Missouri will abe a foot higher than 1993 levels and probably too much for the levee to withstand. All residents in that northeastern Missouri town have been told to evacuate by Monday.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.