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Record floods are forecast this weekend on the Mississippi River after torrential rains fell across eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. Chester in Randolph County is expected to top its old flood record set in 1993. Updates available on

The Mississippi is expected to reach 49.9 feet by Friday at Chester, Illinois, south of St. Louis. That would top by two-tenths of a foot the all-time high reached on Aug. 7, 1993. It also is expected to match the highest level ever on Saturday at Cape Girardeau in southeast Missouri. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay declared a flood emergency. Major flooding is predicted at several other points from just north of St. Louis through the South.

Several roads were temporarily closed throughout the state due to flooding. For an updated list of closed state routes, visit click here.

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