The rain-swollen Mississippi River is slowly rising in several areas south of St. Louis, inundating roads and farmland.

The National Weather Service is reporting that the river rose Sunday to 10 feet above flood stage in Cape Girardeau. The Mississippi River town of Chester also is experiencing flooding, with waters 12 feet above flood stage. The river was expected to rise another foot in both cities before cresting Tuesday.

Water levels also were rising Sunday along the Meramec River, which flows into the Mississippi River. Forecasts called for the Meramec to crest Monday in Arnold and Valley Park, causing parks, roads and a golf course to flood.

Meanwhile, water levels were falling in most locations along the Missouri River, although minor to moderate flooding continues in several areas.

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