Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon walks atop a flood wall followed by Missouri state Rep. Terry Swinger, D-Caruthersville, left, as they tour flood preparations Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Caruthersville, Mo. The ... more 
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon walks atop a flood wall followed by Missouri state Rep. Terry Swinger, D-Caruthersville, left, as they tour flood preparations Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Caruthersville, Mo. The town in southeast Missouri is bracing for a crest of 49.7 feet later this week. The flood wall protecting the town can hold back up to 50 feet, but a sustained crest will pressure the wall. Workers have been fortifying the concrete and earthen barrier with thousands of sand bags. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Jeff Roberson
Tue, May 3, 2011 9:23 PM EDT