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Sandbagging begins Thursday on the Peoria riverfront as the Illinois River pushes past flood stage.

The National Weather Service sent a flash flood alert at around 4 p.m., urging residents to seek higher ground.

"We do have a few problem ares around the city especially near the Conservation Clubhouse and on the south side", the mayor said Thursday evening. The river is expected to crest Wednesday at 22.2 feet - just inches below the record of 22.6 feet set in 1993.

The Tippecanoe River near Ora was at 13.27 feet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, which is slightly above the river's 13-foot moderate flood stage.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (WIFR) - The Mississippi River is flooding downtown Davenport, Iowa after a levee breach Tuesday afternoon, WQAD reports.

Further downstream, Mississippi River levels are expected to reach rare heights in Missouri.

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Heavy rain in MI swamped homes and closed a stretch of a freeway near Detroit, where sandbags were stacked to curb flooding near canals off the Detroit River.

Two Mississippi River bridges - one at Quincy, Illinois, and another at Louisiana, Missouri, have been forced to close.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for Friday for parts of southern Missouri and stretches of the state along the Mississippi River.

Faber said the city is following through on its flood safety plan and complimented the City Council and staff for speedy work in preparing for the flood.

The Air Force is raising its cost estimate to $420 million to fix and replace structures damaged at Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base following severe flooding that inundated buildings with water. Downtown rises up from the river, and a flood wall protects nearby industrial areas, so no major damage is expected.

Along the Osage River, high waters are inundating campsites at the Mari-Osa Campground.