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Midwest awaits retreat of floods, bloated rivers

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Illinois River floodwaters surround the Kamspville Inn in Kampsville, Ill., Tuesday April 23, 2013, as seen from the center of the river. The small Calhoun County community is experiencing moderate flooding and the river is forecast to rise another 1.2 feet before cresting on Thursday.

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Flood-weary residents fortified their homes against the rain-swollen Illinois River and considered whether to stand their ground as waterways remained in flood stage across the Midwest. Even as some of the renegade rivers showed signs of cresting, forecasters said the recovery would not be fast or easy. The National Weather Service expected many of the waterways to remain high into next month, straining levees during the river's expected slow descent.
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