Heavy rain since late last week is causing the river to spike again. The National Weather Service is projecting a crest of 41.5 feet Wednesday in Cape Girardeau. That's nearly 10 feet above flood stage and just inches short of the crest during April flooding.
Cape Girardeau is protected by a flood wall but streets are already submerged in some neighboring towns like Commerce, where some residents need boats to get to and from their homes.
The river was 5-6 feet above flood stage Monday at several Missouri towns north of St. Louis -- Hannibal, Louisiana, Clarksville. No major problems were reported in those communities.