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Mississippi River Reclaims Floodplain in Parts of Mo.

Missouri forecasters said Monday the flooded Mississippi River is about to stop rising.

That news likely spells victory for some communities whose levees held, and successfully fended off the surging floodwaters. Other towns were not so lucky, however.

In rural Lincoln County, virtually all of the region's primary levees failed. This caused the river to reclaim tens of thousands of acres of floodplain.

Adam Allington reports from member station KWMU in St. Louis.

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Adam grew up on a cherry farm in northern Michigan. He holds a BA in economics from Kalamazoo College. Adam's radio career began in 2003 at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. He went on to cut his teeth filing stories for Maine Public Radio. Before coming to St. Louis Public Radio in 2006, Adam was was an international journalism fellow at Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany. He has regularly filed features for various shows and networks including NPR, PRI, Marketplace and the BBC. He received a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.