Heavy, sudden flooding continues with 5 inches of rain

Monday, May 2, 2011 | 10:39 a.m. CDT; updated 10:56 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 2, 2011

SIKESTON — Another night of heavy downpours has soaked the southeastern portion of Missouri, creating even more concern in a region already seeing historic flooding.

Some areas received 5 inches of rain from Sunday night through Monday morning, and more was on the way before clearing skies are finally expected on Tuesday.

The Black River rose sharply overnight in some spots, including hard-hit Poplar Bluff. The river had dropped to below flood stage after last week's flooding forced the evacuation of 1,000 residents, but it jumped 8 feet overnight. It wasn't clear if new evacuations were being considered.

At Lake Wappapello, water was spilling over an emergency levee on the lake spillway, potentially threatening areas south of the lake on the St. Francis River. Authorities went door-to-door Sunday telling residents to be ready to evacuate.


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