ST. LOUIS (April 17, 2013)--The Mississippi River, which was so low for much of the winter that barge traffic was nearly halted, could rise to 10 feet above flood stage by the middle of next week in parts of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.
The National Weather Service predicted 3-4 inches of rain in a swath from Kansas City, Mo., through Chicago by Friday morning.
Hydrologists said Wednesday that the result could be significant flooding from the Quad Cities to St. Louis.
Property buyouts, enhanced levees and flood walls will limit damage, but roads, farmland and scattered homes could be affected.
The Mississippi was approaching record low levels all winter following months of drought.
Heavy spring rains have pushed the river to near-flooding in several spots.