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Newport braces, flood waters rising fast

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Fast-rising flood waters are expected to come dangerously close to topping a deteriorating Newport levee next week, prompting officials in the small river city to declare a state of emergency Thursday in the wake of worsening Mississippi River flood forecasts.

A National Weather Service forecast released late Thursday afternoon predicted the river to rise above flood stage by Friday morning at St. Paul, and to crest next Wednesday almost 20 feet higher than normal.

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