WEATHER: Rain, Rain

For days, people in St. Louis watched the flood-swollen Mississippi inch up on the levees. One night this week, the flood reached its awesome crest. Under steady pressure from weeks of rain throughout its vast basin, the Mississippi rose to its highest point in 103 years (39.3 feet), spilled into the city's grimy riverfront sections. Then, while hundreds of civilians and troops feverishly sandbagged key levees on the East St. Louis side, one of the sharpest earthquakes in St. Louis history rocked buildings, felled chimneys and split sidewalks.

The quake did little real...

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