Problems crop up in Clarksville sandbag levee

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Just as the Mississippi River is cresting at Clarksville, Mo., some problems are showing up on the makeshift levee.

Clarksville residents and volunteers spent days constructing a gravel-and-sandbag levee to protect the quaint downtown of the tiny community about 70 miles north of St. Louis. Clarksville has no permanent flood protection.

The levee showed some signs of weakness Monday, with water seeping through two spots. Mayor Jo Anne Smiley says volunteers are hurriedly tending to those spots while also building a second sandbag levee behind the first to catch any spillover.

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