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River Towns Facing Choice to Rebuild or Relocate Once Water Recedes

FOLEY, MO - Mississippi River towns in Missouri and Illinois will again be faced with deciding whether to rebuild or relocate this week when the river starts to recede.

It's a tough choice in places like Foley, Missouri, a hamlet of fewer than 300 people an hour's drive northwest of St. Louis.

Foley Mayor Bill Thornhill says the shock and pain of the flood make it hard for residents to think about whether to leave.

Lifelong resident Ronald Davis says he's not abandoning Foley.  But the 40-year-old brick business owner says the town's newest residents might be scared off by the flood.

Barring any major storms, the Mississippi was expected to crest in St. Louis today and Cape Girardeau in southeast Missouri on Wednesday.  But water levels are still well above flood stage.

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