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Kurk Lee and his wife, Brandee, stack sandbags around their home on Cedar Lane in Newport. Cold weather last week slowed the Mississippi River's rise, and pushed back the river's crest until late this week. But officials said there's still a risk that floodwaters would top a levee along Cedar Lane. Bulletin photo by Jon Avise

Mississippi River crest slows, but flood preparations continue

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With freezing temperatures and fluctuating flood forecasts, Newport residents Kurk and Brandee Lee don't know what to expect from a swollen Mississippi River that flows roughly 100 yards from their home.

Last week's cold snap has the National Weather Service predicting far lower crests this week. Officials in Newport say that means floodwaters will stop just short of the top of an 800-foot long levee that protects the low-lying riverside neighborhood where the Lees reside.

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