Small Missouri Town Evacuated Due to Flooding

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A pickup truck navigates a road closed by floodwater Monday in Eureka, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency due to widespread flooding around the state that has closed many roads after a storm system dropped more than six inches of rain and left several dead. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A pickup truck navigates a road closed by floodwater Monday in Eureka, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency due to widespread flooding around the state that has closed many roads after a storm system dropped more than six inches of rain and left several dead. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Residents in and around the small St. Louis-area town of West Alton are evacuating as the Mississippi River nears a potential record crest.

An unusual amount of late-fall rain had the river already high before torrential downpours that began Saturday. Some parts of eastern Missouri have received 6 inches of rain or more over the past three days. Heavy rain was falling again Monday.

A mailbox sits along a flooded road Monday in Eureka, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A mailbox sits along a flooded road Monday in Eureka, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

West Alton officials on Sunday ordered evacuations, saying the expected crest of 38.9 feet on Thursday will top the levee by nearly five feet.

West Alton, about 20 miles north of St. Louis, has about 520 residents.