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Rising Mississippi River worries locals

By Holly Brantley

CAPE GIRARDEAU & PERRY COUNTIES, MO (KFVS) - Is it a preview of a worse situation to come? Water continues to cover roads in Perry and Cape County as the Mississippi remains above flood stage in several areas. Currently, the river is expected to crest in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday at 39 feet.

But, for now high water is mainly causing travel troubles. 

Route A in Perry County from County Road 460 to County Road 444 and Route E from County Road 322 to County Road 354 are closed due to flooding.

Route E in Scott County from Route N to Water Street in Commerce is closed as well due to flooding.

"We're pretty much used to it," said Ralph Grebing of Wittenburg. "It's pretty much hindering a lot of things."

Grebing says even with water everywhere, this isn't a drastic situation.

"Not yet," said Grebing. "It could get wild though. It could get bad, real bad."

The story  and the pictures are similar in Cape Girardeau County.  People say they are growing used to dealing with the Mississippi when it overflows.

"It's not annoying it's just part of the job," said Jim Gribbs, Asst. Superintendent of Trail of Tears State Park.

Griggs says high water is bad for business. They've had to temporarily close down a camp ground.

"It's not as bad now as it would be in June." said Griggs.

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