Rain-swollen rivers rose across Missouri and Illinois on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people, closing parts of a major interstate highway and putting scores of buildings underwater after days of unusual winter flooding that has killed 23 people.

Several major rivers, including the vital Mississippi, were poised to crest at record levels, creating floods as the waters rolled toward the Gulf of Mexico, the National Weather Service said, but parts of the area already are inundated.

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