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Aerial view: New Year Flood

The NWS projects the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau will crest at 50 feet in early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 3. That's 1.5 feet above the 1993 record. The NWS projects the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau will crest at 50 feet in early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 3. That's 1.5 feet above the 1993 record.
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    Days of heavy rain and record river levels left roads covered with floodwaters and forced residents to evacuate in numerous locations across the Heartland.

    Days of heavy rain and record river levels left roads covered with floodwaters and forced residents to evacuate in numerous locations across the Heartland.

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Homes and roadways are submerged along the Mississippi River as water rushes over small portions of some levees.

From a few hundred feet in the air, the “Mighty Mississippi” does not resemble a river, but a marshy wetland spanning in some places as far as the eye can see.

World record holding aviator, and Cape Copters flight instructor Paul Salmon took Heartland News for a tour of some affected areas.

“Right there is where they busted it in 2011,” Salmon said while navigating over a portion of the Bird Point Levee, near Cairo. “They built it up again after that… seems to be holding really well now.”

In Thebes Illinois, Alexander County's retired courthouse is perched atop a safe hillside as the village below lies submerged.

Further north, an apparent breach in the levee was patched by workers with sandbags on Thursday afternoon.

A home nearby the breach remained dry, despite being completely surrounded by water.

In Commerce, many homes were flooded after originally being built on the river side of the area levee.

Roads in Illinois and Missouri are covered, forcing some residents to boat through the floodwaters.

The river is still rising as of Thursday, and the highest stage expected at cape Girardeau will be on Sunday.

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