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PHOTO GALLERY: Poplar Bluff battered by rain, flood water

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | 1:08 p.m. CDT
Kasey Medley, right, stands on the front porch of her flooded home with her friend Erica Cass on Tuesday in Poplar Bluff. Powerful storms that swept through the nation's midsection have pushed river levels to dangerous heights and are threatening to flood several towns in Missouri, and officials now report a levee protecting Poplar Bluff from the Black River has breached.

Tuesday brought the promise of more showers and thunderstorms to the area around Poplar Bluff in southeast Missouri, one of many river towns in the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys threatened by floodwater, the Associated Press reported.

A street department worker patrols a flooded neighborhood Tuesday in Poplar Bluff after a Black River levee was breached, forcing evacuations.
Floodwater from the Black River surrounds a street sign Tuesday in Poplar Bluff.
Steven Ward, with the Poplar Bluff Street Department, monitors a seepage in a temporary levee holding back floodwater from the Black River, Tuesday, in Poplar Bluff. Powerful storms that swept through the nation's midsection have pushed river levels to dangerous heights and are threatening to flood several towns in Missouri, and officials now report a levee protecting Poplar Bluff from the Black River has breached.
Members of the Missouri Highway Patrol set off by boat to patrol a flooded street and check for victims of a flash flood Monday in Poplar Bluff. Thousands of southeast Missouri residents watched helplessly Monday as water from the Black River crept toward their homes after flowing over the levee protecting their town and trapping some who had to be rescued by boat.
Home and businesses south of Poplar Bluff are flooded out by rising waters from the Black River on Monday. Water is spilling over a river levee, and officials fear the levee will break.

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