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River's rise continues, crest coming Wednesday

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The Mississippi River had risen Saturday to within six feet from the top of the private levee in Newport that protects a flood-prone area of the city, the city's public works director said.

The flood forecast has held steady, predicting a crest on Wednesday just short of 20 feet above the river's normal level. Bruce Hanson, Newport's public works director, says that will put the river at the top of the deteriorating levee that the city said it will not sandbag.

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