Iowa Flooding Moves Downstream...to the Mississippi

Iowa, Cedar and Des Moines rivers get a lot of attention early, now it's on to the Mississippi.

The Mighty Mississippi is the next river on the flood watch list as waters from flooding tributaries head south. The big river is expected to crest today or Wednesday. Iowa has already seen the damage from rising waters with 83 of its 99 counties declared disaster areas by the state's governor.

Now the Mississippi is next target as those flood waters continue their trip into the river. Record crests. Officials fear that as many as 26 levees along the river could break as flood waters push into the river.

Sandbags are being put up along the river in the hopes of shoring up those levees. Most of Illinois' sandbagging was along a 300-mile stretch from the Quad Cities south past Quincy, according to a Fox News report.

Barge traffic is already closed on 300 miles of the most flooded parts of the river, further hampering grain trade. And the Chicago Board of Trade saw December Corn top $7.90 in Monday's trade.

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