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Mississippi River nears crest, causing floods in Minnesota
Mississippi River nears crest, causing floods in Minnesota

Mississippi River floodwaters in downtown St. Paul, Minn., are expected to crest on Thursday, capping days of surging waters and rains that have imperiled Minnesota and other parts of the Midwest. In recent weeks, swollen rivers and storms have created flooding in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and now in Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency for 35 counties in his state, a move for seeking more federal aid. In St. Paul, the Mississippi has already passed flood stage and was heading toward a crest of about 20.5 feet, the seventh-highest in more than 100 years of records. The record crest was 26 feet in April 1965....

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