CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The threat of significant flooding in Missouri is growing.

The National Weather Service on Friday upgraded its flood predictions, with several Mississippi River towns now expected to see river levels at or just under what is considered major flooding, meaning the water could reach some homes and businesses and shut down significant roadways.

Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville are all expected to get within inches of major flooding. Moderate flooding is projected for most of the other Missouri towns along the river.

The weather service says some parts of eastern and southern Missouri could get up to 9 inches of rain before a stalled front moves on in the middle of next week. Many Mississippi River tributaries could rise to well above flood stage. Several areas of the state are under flood and flash flood warnings.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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