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Kevin Eastman, left, prepares his bow for fishing Wednesday on the flooded Missouri Highway 94 just outside of West Alton as his brother, Sean Eastman, right, both of Ferguson, fights to keep the strong current from pressing their boat against the guardrail. The Mississippi River has flooded the highway.

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Cautious relief as river levels fall

Slowly retreating floodwaters gave Midwesterners some hope Wednesday that the worst was over, but many worried that the earthen and days-old sandbag levees along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers could still fail.

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