Midwest Braces for Mississippi Crest

River expected to hit high point today
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 23, 2008 3:00 AM CDT
Residents, volunteers and National Guard troops work to build a sand bag levee around the town of in Hamburg, Ill. Friday, June 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – Deluged midwesterners were preparing for tonight’s expected cresting of the Mississippi River, piling up sandbags to support levees, USA Today reports. Some residents have already moved to higher ground, while others are staying home to guard against looters. The river is likely to crest at a number of areas north of St. Louis. Floodwaters should start to recede early this week, said a meteorologist.

“This is devastating,” said a woman whose husband has removed their carpet and appliances and settled on the roof. “It's a terrible waiting game.” (Read more flooding stories.)