Floodwaters continued to rise Monday as the Mississippi River neared a 43-foot crest forecast for late this afternoon. The river level at Cape Girardeau today could be the 10th-highest on record and likely will affect land in and around Cape Girardeau, Scott City, Chaffee and Commerce, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District, which initiated Phase II flood-fighting activities Monday morning. When the river reaches 42 feet on the gauge at Cape Girardeau, downtown floodgates closed and homes and farmland in the southern part of the county take on backwater flooding from the Diversion Channel. Floodwater reached part of Highway 74 between Interstate 55 and Dutchtown on Monday, but as of late afternoon hadn’t yet forced the highway to close. In Cape Girardeau, police report high water on some roadways and placed traffic barricades near Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. Police on Monday morning also received a report of a vehicle stranded in high water on Highway 177. Sergeant Adam Glueck says the woman driving the vehicle admitted to going around barricades, thinking her car could make it through the high water that came up to the bottom of her door. In Perry County, several state routes remained closed Monday. At the Southeast Missouri Regional Port, executive director Dan Overbey says several businesses loading goods onto barges had to improvise or scale back operations because of high water. Barge traffic continued on the river Monday, though the Corps advised efforts should be made by vessels to minimize risk to towboats and fleets with heavy drift from high water levels.