About 500 Missouri National Guardsmen are now at work along the Mississippi River, helpling with sandbagging, security, and other flood relief. The state also has provided almost 200 prison inmates are at work, too.

But the Mississippi continues to lean on levees north of St. Louis and has topped some in Lincoln County. The water is expected to rise in Old Monroe, Foley, Elsberry, and Winfield today.

Upstream a little, in Clarksville, people are getting food by boat while efforts continue to keep building the levee higher for the flood crest expected within a couple of days. Voluntary evacuation plans are in effect in several areas along the river.

The Hannibal Housing Authority has started opening its housing units to flood victims and is offering them free rent for a month.

A major levee break on the Illinois side of the river above Quincy has taken a few inches off the crest predictions.