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The cab of a semitrailer truck sits partially submerged in floodwater from the Meramec River at the intersection of state Route 141 and Interstate 44 in Fenton, Mo.

The cab of a semitrailer truck sits partially submerged in floodwater from the Meramec River at the intersection of state Route 141 and Interstate 44 in Fenton, Mo.

Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press

The cab of a semitrailer truck sits partially submerged in floodwater from the Meramec River at the intersection of state Route 141 and Interstate 44 in Fenton, Mo. Residents of small towns along the river breathed a sigh of relief Saturday as the stream finally crested. Elsewhere, rivers were still rising in southwest Illinois and parts of Arkansas, chasing people from their homes and into shelters. Rivers had mostly begun receding in Ohio. At least 17 deaths have been linked to the weather over the past week, and one person was missing in Arkansas. Thousands of people in Missouri had fled to Red Cross shelters or to the homes of friends or relatives. Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press