PHOTO GALLERY: Day-by-day coverage of 2011 flood — Day 2
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 9:20 p.m. CDT;
updated 9:25 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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.
The flood, which has displaced at least a thousand people living in river towns, continues to raise challenges for many Missouri residents. Here are some scenes from the second day of the flood.
Josh Newby, right, and Mathew Speakman work with other volunteers to fill sandbags in an effort to fight back floodwaters on Tuesday night in Dutchtown. Powerful storms that swept through the nation's midsection have pushed river levels to dangerous heights and are threatening to flood several towns in southeast Missouri.
Volunteers work to place sandbags atop a temporary levee on Tuesday night in Dutchtown.
Volunteers work to place sandbags atop a temporary levee to fight back floodwaters as lightning from a thunderstorm is seen in the background on Tuesday night in Dutchtown.
Hill Woods Jr. pauses to think inside the Black River Coliseum on Tuesday. He has never seen floodwater this deep in southeast Missouri. "I can't remember a time when it was like this, not even in the '40s when it flooded," he said.
Hill Woods Jr. of Neelyville describes shows how high the water was when he left his 40-acre farm on Tuesday. Woods was evacuated by boat to the neighboring town of Poplar Bluff, where he is staying in the Black River Coliseum until he receives word that it is safe to return to his home.
Antoinette Jones lies awake after lights-out at the Black River Coliseum on Tuesday. Jones and her grandmother, Terry, are staying at the temporary shelter while they await news about their house in Poplar Bluff, into which floodwater was beginning to seep when they evacuated with few personal belongings on Monday.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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