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DOWNPOURS LEAD TO MORE FLOODING

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Flood-weary Midwesterners helped by National Guardsmen fought high water from the mighty Mississippi on Tuesday as it rose to record heights and threatened to keep on rising.

Another round of downpours Monday fed the flood from the already swollen river, breaking more levees, forcing more evacuations and destroying crops. Additional storms were forecast at least through the end of the week, contributing to the region's worst flooding since 1965.In West Alton, residents and Guardsmen worked through the night stacking sandbags atop levees protecting the town. Troops also have been called in to help in flooded areas of Iowa and Illinois.

A little upriver at Peruque, a levee was breached Monday and 11 rural homes had to be evacuated. Thousands of acres of cropland were already under water, and an additional 1,000 acres and up to 50 homes are threatened, said spokesman Rod Zerr.

In Illinois, about 450 residents were evacuated Monday from low-lying areas in East Dubuque.

Some of the worst flooding was in Davenport, Iowa, which has no levees or flood walls. The Mississippi appeared to have crested there Monday at 22 feet and was down slightly overnight

But because of more heavy rain in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota it was expected to rise again, cresting even higher Wednesday at 22.4 feet, just short of the record of 22.5 feet.

"When is it going to end?" Victor Cardosa asked as he operated pumps keeping water from underground power lines downtown.

Downstream from Davenport, the river hit a record 22.5 feet Tuesday at Burlington, Iowa, and was expected to climb another foot by Friday. It hit a record 23.8 feet Tuesday at Keokuk, Iowa, with an additional 2.7 feet expected by Friday.

Towns along the river's tributaries also were inundated. Along the scenic Rock River in Moline, Ill., floodwaters have entered Grace Dorbeck's living room.

"I've never known a flood like this in July. And all we hear about is the flooding on the Mississippi. It's as if they've forgotten us out here," she said.