OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Communities in several states along the Mississippi River are watching the skies this week as rainfall will likely determine whether the river reaches record crests and how much it will push up floodwaters.


The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for areas directly next to the river in 10 states, from Minnesota and Wisconsin south to Louisiana and Mississippi.


In Iowa, some cities on the river’s banks — including Davenport and Muscatine — have shut down low-lying streets and erected flood walls and sandbag barriers.


Flood watches have been issued for larger tracts around in the river in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, as well as sections of Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas as heavy rain that began in some places Monday was set to continue into Tuesday and Wednesday.