The cycle is repeating itself again in Missouri: More rain falls, and the Mississippi River rises well above flood stage yet again.

This time, the National Weather Service is predicting that the river will reach 6-8 feet above flood stage from the Iowa border south through Winfield. Lesser flooding is predicted south through the Missouri Bootheel.

The latest rise comes after more heavy rain fell in the region and to the north.

Crests are expected to occur over the weekend. Several towns have sandbags ready and levees reinforced in anticipation of high water.

The Missouri Department of Transportation on Monday closed Route 136/61 at Alexandria, Mo., near the Iowa border, as the Mississippi was expected to cover the roadway.