The cost of Mississippi River flooding is rising and more rain is on the way.

   The cost of Mississippi River flooding is rising and more rain is on the way.

   The National Weather Service predicted Monday that two to three more inches of rain may fall on parts of the region in the next couple of days. Pike County Missouri’s rainfall total for June is more than five inches above normal.

   Damage to county roads has topped $260,000 and commissioners are urging people to be patient as crews prioritize repairs. A few isolated homes remain cut off, but in some cases, people are driving around road closing signs.

   Louisiana has notified the state that untreated sewage is getting into the Mississippi because floodwaters have backed up sewers in parts of town. Prisoners were filling sandbags in Clarksville and a sandbagging site had been set up in Louisiana, with a mobile sandbagging station ready to go.

   At Eolia, trucks were pushed off U.S. 61 by a tornado Sunday evening, but damage was reported as minimal.

   The Mississippi reached its ninth-highest level in history at the two communities over the weekend before dropping slightly on Monday. Highway 79 was closed in five locations between Louisiana and Elsberry.

   On the Illinois River, water levels were expected to rise slightly before cresting later this week. If predictions hold true, this year’s flood will be the fourth-worst in history at Valley City and Hardin.