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Gov. Jay Nixon, right, steps over a puddle after meeting with members of the Missouri National Guard as they made flood preparations on Saturday in Clarksville. Communities along the Mississippi River and other rain-engorged waterways are waging feverish bids to hold back floodwaters that may soon approach record levels.

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River views trump permanent flood protection

Her Missouri hamlet soon to celebrate its 200th birthday, Mayor Jo Anne Smiley embraces Clarksville’s perilous place along the Mississippi River, never mind that the waters again threaten to wipe it and its potpourri of specialty shops off the map.

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