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PHOTO GALLERY: Levee breached; Poplar Bluff flooded

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | 7:57 p.m. CDT; updated 11:09 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 26, 2011
A man walks along his porch despite a mandatory evacuation for the area surrounding his home on Tuesday. Much of southern and eastern Poplar Bluff were part of the evacuation zone.

After days of rain, parts of Poplar Bluff have been submerged. One of the levees has been breached by the Black River, and some residents are evacuating their homes. The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Black River Coliseum.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon listens to a question during a roundtable about the flooding at the Black River Coliseum on Tuesday. The governor listened to concerns and answered questions from local and national officials including those leading the Red Cross, National Guard and Poplar Bluff police.
Terry Jones adjusts her head scarf and glances across the Black River Coliseum as she lies on her cot during the second day of evacuation from her home on Tuesday. She is waiting to go home until she knows she can — for now, she can just assume the worst. "I just don't know what I'm gonna do," she said. "I'm going through a lot right now."
A dog stands guard near his home on Saxon Street, now submerged, in the southern part of Poplar Bluff on Tuesday. Water topped the levee near Saxon Street on Monday evening and spilled over, causing standing water on many roads in the area.
A car submerged in water to its headlights sits in the middle of Park Avenue in Poplar Bluff on Tuesday. Many roads were still fully covered in water despite the cessation of heavy rains during the day.
The Black River swells against a temporary flood wall put in place by the city of Poplar Bluff to keep water from spilling into the city. Seen here extending far beyond its actual banks, the river is being kept in place by little more than metal bars, plastic bags and sand.
Evacuees prepare for bed in the temporary shelter set up by the Red Cross in the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff on Monday. Evacuation zones stretched across the southern and eastern parts of Poplar Bluff as the Black River breached levees because of heavy storms rolling through the area Monday night.

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James Anderson April 26, 2011 | 8:24 p.m.

My gosh, I'm hoping things get better before long! This will take a team effort from a lot of organizations - I know that Immediate Response Group (IRG) deals with medical and disaster relief, and IRG personnel could partner with the Coast Guard to provide as much help as possible to these people!

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