Floodwaters in the St. Louis region have receded, leaving behind an estimated 500,000 tons of debris. Now what?

At a news conference Wednesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon outlined “Operation Recovery," a cleanup effort that will be coordinated by the National Guard, with Lt. Col. Grace Link, a civil engineer, in charge. Contracted trucks will help clear debris in flood-damaged areas throughout the St. Louis region, Nixon said.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the state's death toll from days of pounding rainfall has risen to 10, and he expects that number to grow.

Nixon told reporters Monday that the majority of the victims drowned after driving into floodwaters.

More Rain, Floods Coming to Central Missouri

Jun 16, 2015
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The next few days in Central Missouri will see more rain and flooding. The National Weather Service predicts 4-6 inches of rain by June 18, and it has issued flood watches and warnings across the state.

The Missouri River has reached over 27 feet in Jefferson City, surpassing the flood stage by 4 feet but not yet breaking the 30-foot levee. Cole County Emergency Management Director Bill Farr said he doesn’t expect the water to reach that height, but he will be prepared in the meantime.

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For thousands of Missouri residents, flood insurance premiums are about to go up.

People living in flood plains around the nation will soon see a jump in premiums through the National Flood Insurance Program, though a new law softens the blow a bit.

Under a 2012 statute, premiums could have risen from $2,000 annually to $13,000 each year, but residential rate hikes are now limited to an increase of 18 percent a year.