PHOTO GALLERY: Day-by-day coverage of 2011 flood — Day 3
National Guard responds to rising waters, flood in southeast Missouri
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 8:07 p.m. CDT;
updated 9:54 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 28, 2011
National Guard Spc. Monica Worthington reviews her mission while out on floodwater-covered roads in an armored Humvee on Wednesday.
Volunteers place sandbags around a garage to protect it from rising floodwaters from the Mississippi River on Wednesday in Commerce. 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.
After nearly a week of heavy rain, rivers in Southeast Missouri are nearing their crest.
Earl Knight walks through floodwaters Wednesday in Commerce.
A mobile home stands in a large mass of water on D Street in downtown Poplar Bluff on Wednesday. The area experienced strong thunderstorms in the afternoon, but the rain cleared into the evening hours and the forecast is for sunny conditions into Thursday.
A flood evacuee stands outside of the Black River Coliseum and smokes while wrapped in an American Red Cross blanket on Wednesday. The Red Cross distributed supplies and food as well as providing shelter to families displaced by rising floodwaters.
Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Mingo Job Corps work to fill sandbags, which will be used to attempt to stop water from overflowing the Wappapello Lake emergency spillway in Wayne County.
Water laps the roadway from the Black River in the southern part of Poplar Bluff on Wednesday. The area experienced another wave of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon, resulting in a tornado touchdown in a neighboring city and some reports of hail.
Members of the National Guard stand watch at a roadblock in the southern part of Poplar Bluff to ensure that motorists do not accidentally drive into dangerous road conditions on Wednesday. Several feet from the blockade, the roadway was completely covered in water with choppy waves, making passing across impossible.
An official highway map of Missouri sits inside of a National Guardsman's hat as several specialists prepare to leave for a mission inside of the Poplar Bluff Armory on Wednesday. The majority of the soldiers are from different regions of the state and still need maps to navigate the county roads.
National Guard MP Sergeant Oetting explains a roadblock relief mission to a group of MP Specialists inside of the Poplar Bluff Armory before sending them out to the south and east parts of the city. The MPs were split into groups of two and sent out in armored Humvees to prevent motorists from driving into water-covered conditions.
Kevin Upchurch, left, and Mark Hanners navigate down a flooded street Wednesday in Commerce. 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.
Danny Brown steps through his flooded backyard in Edgewood Park in Cairo, Ill., on Tuesday. Brown said the water came in from the sewer and rose to six feet in his basement before he was able to start four pumps to fight the flood. It's the worst flooding he's seen in the eight years he has lived there.
A flooded farm can be seen in the distance from Highway 62 near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers on Tuesday in Cairo, Ill. At least 100 Cairo residents heeded their mayor's plea to voluntarily evacuate the southern Illinois city as the Ohio and Mississippi rivers rose around it, and officials said the evacuations could become mandatory if the Ohio gains a few more feet. Mayor Judson Childs also defended a controversial U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to protect his struggling town of 2,800 by intentionally breaking an upstream levee that now protects about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland.
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