Rivers recede; teen’s body recovered in Illinois
The Mississippi River and many of its tributaries are retreating from historic levels, leaving behind a massive cleanup and recovery job. The river is receding everywhere except the far southern tips of Missouri and Illinois.
The Meramec, a St. Louis-area tributary that caused widespread damage last week, is now below as below flood stage in the hard-hit Missouri towns of Pacific and Eureka.
But the Illinois River north of St. Louis is still rising. Crests near the west-central towns of Valley City, Meredosia, Beardstown and Havana are expected to approach records before receding.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner toured flood-damaged homes today in Kincaid, a 1,400-resident central Illinois town near the south fork of the Sangamon River.
Also in Illinois, authorities have recovered the body of a second teenager who was in a truck that was pulled from floodwaters. The Christian County Coroner’s Office says that the body of 18-year-old Brandon M. Mann of Taylorville was spotted and recovered this morning less than 200 feet from where the truck was found last week.
That brings the number of deaths blamed on flooding to 25, with 10 of them in Illinois.