Maria Altman en Mississippi River Communities Brace For Flooding Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now here's a change. Earlier this year, the worst drought conditions seen in the Midwest in decades threatened to close the Mississippi River to barge traffic. Now, communities along the river in Missouri and Illinois are bracing for flooding.<p>St. Louis Public Radio Maria Altman reports.<p>MARIA ALTMAN, BYLINE: The threat of flooding on the Mississippi River came on quickly after last week's storms dumped rain across the Midwest. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Maria Altman 16616 at