The levee breaks in Illinois are threatening homes in rural areas of the state as rivers head for record breaking crests. At least 11 levee failures have displaced families in the state as authorities warn residents near the breached levees to move to higher ground. The TV news stations ran clips on Sunday morning showing water as far as the eye can see in some areas of the state.
According to News Oxy on January 3, residents in areas were water has receded are assessing the damage left in their water logged homes. In some cases residents were left with the task of searching for alternate housing in the areas where water damage deemed the homes unsafe. This is a massive flooding event with a near record crest predicted for the Mississippi River on Sunday.
According to DB Techno News today, more than 9 inches of rain fueled this flood that began last weekend with torrential downpours lasting over a three-day period. This flooding is blamed for 22 deaths with five people still missing.
Five people are missing in three states, which includes two teenagers in Illinois, two men in Missouri and a famous country singer in Oklahoma. Two major highways, Interstate 44 and Interstate 55, were closed due to the flooding. With many of the roadways under flood waters, getting around in these flooded areas came via a painstaking effort for rescuers.
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SOURCE: Examiner, Roz Zurko