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Weather forecasters are predicting slow relief for Missouri and Illinois towns battling floods. 

A number of towns situated along the Mississippi River have been dealing with rising waters over the past few days. The northeast Missouri town of Clarksville is experiencing its sixth flood in the past decade, while roads around Grafton, Illinois, are also under water.

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The commute between Jersey County, Illinois and St. Charles County, Missouri will get a little shorter next Friday - the scheduled reopening of the Grafton ferry after more than two years.

Silt washed downriver by the floods of 2008 had clogged the channel used by the ferry to cross near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, leaving it too shallow for the ferry to operate. The previous private owner could not find money to dredge the channel, forcing the ferry to close in 2010.

Grafton Ferry to resume operation

Jan 26, 2011

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the Grafton Ferry, recently thought to be closing after 8 years of operation, will be back in operation this spring.

The paper reports that the City Council of Grafton, Ill. has approved the city's purchase of the former Grafton Ferry landing in St. Charles County.

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(The location of the Sunswept Apartment Complex in St. Louis via Google Maps. Explore the map to see the surrounding area).

Good morning! Here are some of today's morning headlines:

  • Sixteen residents have been ordered to vacate an apartment complex in North St. Louis County, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis county inspectors began investigating Sunswept Apartments earlier this month after police, firefighters and residents alerted them to violations. Search warrants were obtained Monday after property management refused to allow inspectors to look at parts of the complex. Inspectors uncovered multiple code violations including black mold, gas leaks, burst water pipes, faulty electrical wiring and raw sewage in a basement. The Post-Dispatch reports that real estate records show the building is owned by Shore to Shore Properties in Sausalito, Calif. They did not return calls for comment.
  • A Missouri agency is withdrawing $2 million in aid for a southeast Missouri development project led by a man who is on probation after pleading guilty to passing bad checks. The Department of Economic Development says the agency determined that statements were falsified on a grant application for the parent company of a firm planning to manage a health care cooperative in Cape Girardeau. The application requires certification that no one with an ownership interest is on probation.
  • A Grafton ferry service linking southwestern Illinois' Jersey County to Missouri's St. Charles County is closing after eight years. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the ferry's owners have sold their boats and docks to the Calhoun Ferry Co., which operates the Golden Eagle and Winfield ferries. Tom Foster, one of the pilots of the Grafton ferry says the ferry is closing due to silt problems that prevented it from taking a direct route across the Mississippi river. He said the owners had tried for more than a year to get federal help to dredge a chute between Mason Island 526 which has been choked with silt for the past two years.