The Latest: Central Illinois flood victims begin cleanup

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Posted: Jan 03, 2016 4:26 PM
The Latest: Central Illinois flood victims begin cleanup

The latest developments on flooding in the Midwest (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Sharon Stivers says she's had her share of torment lately, including her daughter's cancer fight. Now, the woman is dealing with the fallout of flooding in 1,400-resident Kincaid in central Illinois.

Floodwaters got 4 feet into the home she shares with her 45-year-old daughter, a granddaughter and four dogs. Compounding the difficulties is that the home is an area where flood insurance wasn't available.

Without question she's mad, she told The Associated Press Sunday.

Across the street, 50-year-old Theresa Gibson was getting help clearing out what could be salvaged from her home where flooding buckled newly-finished oak floors and saturated walls.

Gibson says the water came up so fast that all she could do was fill a couple of suitcases of items, leaving the rest behind.

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1:30 p.m.

Authorities have recovered the body of a second teenager who was in a truck that was pulled from floodwaters in central Illinois.

In a news release, the Christian County Coroner's Office says that the body of 18-year-old Brandon M. Mann of Taylorville was spotted and recovered on Sunday morning less than 200 feet from where the truck was found last week.

Last Friday, authorities recovered the body of 18-year-old Devan R. Everett near where dive crews found the truck. The teens were reported missing on Monday.

The discovery of the second body brings the state's death toll from the flooding to 10.

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10:10 a.m.

Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, is operating again, now that floodwaters have subsided.

Amtrak officials say the service resumed Sunday, four days after high water that reached the tracks at some locations forced the passenger service to be halted.

Amtrak provides twice-daily service across Missouri.

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9:50 a.m.

The Mississippi River is dropping in the southeast Missouri town of Cape Girardeau, much to the relief of flood fighters in that area.

The National Weather Service says the river crested at 48.9 feet about 10 p.m. Friday, about four-tenths of a foot above the 1993 record. Levee breaks nearby apparently reduced the water level enough that the river didn't reach the earlier prediction of 50 feet.

By Sunday morning, the river had dropped around a foot since the high-water mark in Cape Girardeau, a town of 40,000 residents, about 100 miles south of St. Louis.

Still, the river is expected to remain well above flood stage for several days. Nearly 30 houses and several businesses in low-lying areas are flooded.

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9:30 a.m.

A suburban St. Louis water plant shut down by flooding is working again.

The water plant at High Ridge, Missouri, had been out of operation since Wednesday. It began operating again Sunday morning, though residents are being told to continue to boil water before drinking it or cooking with it as purification efforts aren't yet at normal levels.

The plant serves about 20,000 people in an area south of St. Louis in Jefferson County.

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8:45 a.m.

Just three days after ascending to record levels and forcing hundreds of people from their homes, the Meramec River in suburban St. Louis is already back below flood stage in two hard-hit towns.

The Mississippi River tributary reached 4 feet above the previous record at some spots on Thursday, causing damage to hundreds of homes and precautionary evacuations of hundreds more.

It fell almost as fast as it rose. The National Weather Service says the river is now well below flood stage in Pacific and Eureka, and just 4 feet above flood stage in Valley Park.

Arnold still has concerns because it is closest to the Mississippi and water from the bigger river continues to back up into the Meramec at that point.