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Dozens of families scramble to pack up before their homes are swamped by the Mississippi River after a levee breach in West Alton. (KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

Dozens of families scramble to pack up before their homes are swamped by the Mississippi River after a levee breach in West Alton. (KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

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WEST ALTON, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to survey flooding along the Mississippi River north of St. Louis.

Nixon was heading to St. Charles County on Friday for an aerial look at the high water and the condition of levees. He scheduled a meeting afterward in West Alton with local and county emergency managers, law enforcement officers, County Executive Steve Ehlmann and officials of North County Consolidated Levee District.

Heavy rain last week caused a sudden rise in the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers and some smaller waterways in the region. A couple of levees failed in recent days in the area of West Alton, Mo., and Alton, Ill.

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