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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Another portion of the flooded Mississippi River is closed after around 80 barges broke loose south of St. Louis.

The river is cresting at some spots north of St. Louis, but remains on the rise south of the city.

River traffic is mostly at a standstill from the Quad Cities to St. Louis because most locks have been closed. Even two Mississippi River bridges were closed. At least six states are looking at dangerously river levels following torrential rains this past week. Record flooding is possible in some places as dozens of rivers overflow their banks.

The water levels have forced evacuations, closed roads, swamped hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland and shut down much of the upper Mississippi River to barge traffic.

Volunteers, National Guardsmen and even prison inmates have been taking part in sandbagging and other efforts to ward off fast-rising floodwaters.

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