Mississippi Flooding Nears an End

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Forecasters say the end is in sight for the Mississippi River floods.

The river started cresting Sunday in Missouri and Illinois near the Iowa state line.

Residents of Grafton, Illinois downstream will have to wait a little longer for relief. Forecasters expect the river to crest there on Wednesday.

Click the play button for more on efforts being made to help flood victims.

"We're just trying to deal with it as it comes to us," said Jamie Scott, a dispatcher with the Jersey County, Ill., Sheriff's Office. "The crest --forecast-- has dropped almost a foot, so that's a good thing.. All of our levees are holding."

Several other towns in the Midwest have had their levees break despite their best sandbagging efforts.

Operation Blessing Aids IN Flood Victims

Meanwhile, in Indian cleanup efforts have continued even though the flood waters have receded.

Many Indiana counties have been declared federal disaster areas since storms ravaged through the Midwest.

Each day the number of people waiting in line for help only gets longer.

Disaster recovery centers just like one here in Vigo County are set up all across the state of Indiana.

Operation Blessing is at the heart of it all providing volunteers to help flood victims clean up what the storms left behind.

"To these people the truck being here everyday and seeing people being here everyday and knowing that you're not just going to pull up and leave, that you're here and you're going to be here for them and to help them as long as you can… that means the world to them," Vigo County resident Vicky Oakely said.

Unsafe Water

Operation Blessing is also providing well water testing kit.

"Contaminated well water is a huge problem with these things, as you well know," Vigo County Commissioner Judith Anderson explained.

"It's very important to get their water tested. We're asking people don't even attempt to use their well water or their other waters until it's been tested and proven safe," she said.

In addition, a distribution center full of food, paper products and toiletries free to those in need opened last Thursday.

Anderson said, "I've gotten calls from people saying they are from operation blessing and im thinking oh my goodness you're everywhere and you're doing everything. like I said, they have truly been a blessing to us all!

Over the past few weeks, the floods have killed 24 and forced thousands from their homes in six states.

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