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West Alton, Mo. (KSDK) - On Sunday, West Alton residents returned home for the first time in nearly a week.

Rising waters on the Mississippi River breached the North County Consolidated levee, sending water rushing towards the St. Charles County town last week.

Authorities issued a voluntary evacation order, and hundreds left town. That order was lifted on Sunday as the flood waters receded to a safe level.

Among those cleaning up Sunday, Captain Jim's Fireworks. The high-water mark on the side of the building is about two feet above the pavement. And the owners think the cleanup will cost about $100-thousand.