The latest developments on flooding in the Midwest (all times local):
Authorities have confirmed a 14th Missouri flooding victim.
The latest victim was found Wednesday in Crawford County. Missouri Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O'Connell says the victim died when a vehicle was swept off a roadway. The name of the victim wasn't immediately released.
All but one of the Missouri victims have died when their vehicles drove into flooded roadways.
Searches for missing people also are underway in Polk and Vernon counties.
Major rivers in flood-prone areas of Missouri and Illinois are creeping toward milestone or near-record crests.
Forecasters said the Mississippi River in St. Louis is expected to crest Thursday evening at 13 feet above flood stage — six feet below the 1993 record.
In Chester, Illinois, about 60 miles south of St. Louis, the river is expected to reach a near-record 20 feet above flood stage on New Year's Day.
Record crests of the Meramec River near the flood-prone St. Louis suburbs of Arnold and Valley Park were expected Thursday or early Friday.
Leaders in the central Illinois village of Kincaid say flood waters have significantly damaged 30 to 40 homes.
Kincaid Village Foreman Pat Durbin tells the Taylorville Daily Breeze-Courier (http://bit.ly/1nsYroS ) that most of the water in the area is more than 8 feet deep.
The National Weather Service says the three-day rain total in Kincaid was more than 6 inches as of Wednesday morning.
Durbin says most residents in the affected area left and he isn't aware of any injuries. He says authorities went door-to-door and "got everybody out that we could."
Christian County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Crews says an American Red Cross temporary shelter is available at a high school.
Kincaid is about 25 miles southeast of Springfield and near the South Fork River.
Floodwaters have limited access in and out of the St. Louis suburb of Valley Park.
The community of about 7,000 residents sits along the fast-rising Meramec River, which is expected to crest Thursday more than 3 feet above its previous record of 40 feet.
Mayor Michael Pennise ordered residents in one part of town to evacuate by 10 a.m. Wednesday.
He said that the U.S. Army Corps of engineers say they're confident that the levee built in 2007 will hold, but that the evacuations were done as a precaution.
John Anderson, a Valley Park resident, cleared out his apartment building of precious item, including photos.
City attorney Tim Englemeyer asked the governor's office to send National Guard troops to help with security.
Crews in northern Oklahoma have begun their third day of searching for a country music singer from Arkansas who disappeared Sunday while duck hunting with a friend in severe weather.
Craig Strickland went missing after going duck hunting with his friend, Chase Morland, on Oklahoma's Kaw Lake. Search teams found the pair's capsized boat Sunday along with Strickland's dog, which was alive. Morland's body was recovered Monday.
Strickland is the lead singer of the Arkansas-based country-rock band Backroad Anthem. The band had been scheduled to perform Thursday in Little Rock, Arkansas, but that show has been canceled.
Crews searched Monday and Tuesday for Strickland but suspended the search at nightfall. The search picked back up Wednesday morning on Kaw Lake, which is 38 miles long and is near Oklahoma's border with Kansas.
Some traffic on Interstate 44 in central Missouri is moving again, but a stretch near St. Louis is still closed because of flooding.
The Missouri State Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that eastbound lanes reopened in Phelps County near Rolla, but westbound traffic remains closed.
Interstate 44 in southwest St. Louis County was shut down late Tuesday in both directions and is expected to remain closed for several days. Water from the Meramec River is flooding the highway at Valley Park.
Transportation officials are urging motorists to use Interstate 70 for east-west travel.
Hundreds of other road closures are occurring throughout the Midwest due to record and near-record flooding spurred by heavy rains in recent days.
A rain-swollen lake near the tourist community of Branson, Missouri, has forced residents of 55 duplexes and about 100 single-family homes to be evacuated.
Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin says Lake Taneycomo is at fault and that there have been no injuries from the flooding, which has also closed three parks and a city-owned lakeside campground.
Branson's popular Landing shopping district along the lake was open Wednesday, though floodwaters swamped lower areas of parking and storage.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is easing water levels at a record flow around the Table Rock Lake dam, which feeds into man-made Lake Taneycomo and is contributing to the flooding.
Volunteers are resuming a search for a missing motorist in southwest Missouri.
Pleasant Hope emergency management director Rick Davis says the man disappeared Saturday night as he prepared to cross a bridge over the Pomme de Terre River in Polk County. Guardrails kept the man's vehicle from washing away.
Davis says volunteer firefighters searched from Sunday through Tuesday, and others are taking over the search Wednesday.
Davis says the river is normally 60 to 70 feet wide, but is now a mile wide in some spots. He says some debris piles are two stories high.
He says that, "Nobody that is living has ever seen anything like this."
The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Valley Park is ordering mandatory evacuations for a portion of the town of about 6,900 residents as the fast-rising Meramec River threatens a levee.
Mayor Michael Pennise ordered the evacuations early Wednesday. Many people had already left that area but those who didn't were told to evacuate by 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service is projecting that the Meramec River will reach record heights at Valley Park, around 30 feet above flood stage, late Wednesday. Pennise says the Corps of Engineers is confident the levee will hold up, and no signs of a breach have been found.
The Meramec is expected to shatter flood records at Valley Park and several other towns.
Interstate 44 is closed in multiple locations in Missouri because of flooding.
The Missouri Department of Transportation says the closures include westbound and eastbound stretches of the interstate in central Missouri's Phelps County and in the St. Louis area.
Transportation officials say drivers using detour routes should expect delays and longer travel times.
The interstate has been closed off and on since Monday in Phelps County.
Two central Illinois residents have drowned in floodwaters, raising the state's death toll since the weekend to seven.
Also, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a disaster proclamation for seven counties.
Christian County officials say a man and a woman were found Tuesday morning in floodwaters about 6 miles east of Edinburg. Officials say it appears they were trying to cross a flooded area. Police used cellphone location services to find them, but their minivan is still missing.
The Christian County Coroner's Office told the (Springfield) State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1YO7Mha ) that both died of drowning.
Rauner issued the disaster proclamation Tuesday afternoon for Calhoun, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties. The National Weather Service says those counties saw about 7 inches of rain Dec. 23-28.