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Water covers roads near Fort Calhoun, Neb. on Saturday June 11, 2011. The Missouri River is running at near record levels along the Nebraska and Iowa border with the crest not expected for a week.

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Cities by the Missouri hope levees hold back flood

The scramble is nearly over to fill thousands of sandbags and construct last-minute levees to heights that haven’t been needed in decades, but those preparations were only the first round of what’s likely to be a summer-long battle against the bloated Missouri River.

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