Missouri, Illinois begin picking up pieces after record floods; others await the worst

ST. LOUIS -- The worst of the dangerous, deadly winter flood is over in the St. Louis area, leaving residents of several water-logged communities to assess damage, clean up and figure out how to bounce back -- or in some cases, where to live.

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Farther south, things were getting worse: Record and near-record crest predictions of the Mississippi River and levee breaks threatened homes in rural southern Missouri and Illinois. Two more levees succumbed Friday, bringing to at least 11 the number of levee failures.

The flood, fueled by more than 10 inches of rain over a three-day period that began last weekend, is blamed for 22 deaths. Searchers were still looking for five missing people -- two teenagers in Illinois, two men in Missouri and a country music singer in Oklahoma.



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