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WINTER FLOOD COST KEEPS CLIMBING

As floodwaters continue to rise along the lower Mississippi River, it’s clear the disaster will be among the costliest wintertime flood events in U.S. history. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that damage from the floods will top $1 billion. That number is likely to climb as the unpredictable and overflowing Mississippi continues… read more

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SOME KEY NUMBERS AFTER HISTORIC ILLINOIS, MISSOURI FLOODING

9 to 14 inches of rain deluged much of Missouri and portions of Illinois over a three-day period starting Dec. 26, the National Weather Service says. Volunteers helped filled a million-plus sandbags to communities threatened by the Illinois, Sangamon, Iroquois and Mississippi Rivers. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner declared 12 counties disaster areas, mostly in central… read more

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FLOOD UPDATE

Floodwaters remain high along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Check out FarmWeekNow.com for the latest info on state disaster declarations. NOAA has a aeral photography showing the full extent of the flooding, especially in southern counties: Click here to view.  

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FLOODWATERS RISING

Federal officials were monitoring 19 vulnerable levees on the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries, warning that hundreds of homes in Illinois and Missouri could be threatened by a rare winter flood that already forced the partial closure of interstate highways and widespread evacuations. As the swollen rivers and streams pushed to virtually unheard-of heights… read more

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LOW WATER

A section of the upper Mississippi River was closed to commercial traffic by the Coast Guard over the weekend for emergency dredging operations after a tow boat ran aground in low water near Quincy, Illinois, on Saturday. The disruption is preventing many grain elevators north of the closure from receiving empty barges they need to… read more

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MISSISSIPPI GENERATES $400 BILLION, SUPPORTS 1.3 MILLION JOBS

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released a report at a gathering of mayors in Dubuque that finds commerce along the Mississippi River generates more than $400 billion and supports 1.3 million jobs. The report found that the upper Mississippi River area, comprised of parts of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, generates $253 billion annually… read more

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RIVER UPDATE

Swift currents have prompted continued restrictions on barge tow sizes along the Illinois and sections of the Mississippi rivers, grain sources say.

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