Illinois highway passable despite flooding

Illinois Route 3 remains passable through Olive Branch, Ill., but flood water has taken up most of the southern Illinois town Thursday.

Joe Jones helps move belongings out of flooding home

From left: Joe Jones, Cheryl Jones, Rocky Chappell, Corey Tinnin, 17, and Jordan Chappell, 13, help move their neighbor's belongings into a moving truck in Morehouse on Thursday.

Sandbagging southern Illinois lands

Farmland east of Shawneetown, Ill., continues to be covered with flood water Thursday after nearly a week of severe weather in southern Illinois. Southern Illinois cities bore up under the prospect of worse flooding along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers Thursday while state officials activated more National Guard troops and ordered 1 million sandbags.

Governor looks over efforts to prevent more flooding

Col. Keith Landry, left, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers listens as Gov. Steve Beshear asks about the flood wall being built to try to keep the flooding Ohio River out of Smithland, Ky., on Thursday.

Protecting Morehouse's infrastructure

Sargent Christopher Burr helps place sandbags around a Sewage Lift Station in Morehouse on Thursday. Soldiers in the 1140th Engineers Battalion filled and placed sandbags throughout the day attempting to protect elements of Morehouse’s infrastructure.

Ky. governor inspects flood damage

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear views flooding of Hickman, Ky., from a Blackhawk helicopter on Thursday. Beshear visited flood-ravaged areas in western Kentucky on Thursday and asked the White House for federal assistance in the recovery. During a stop in Paducah on Thursday morning, Beshear said he asked President Barack Obama for a presidential disaster declaration.

Specialist Chris Mitchell wades through floodwater

Heading to dry land to wait for the next truck of sandbags, Specialist Chris Mitchell and other soldiers of the 1140th Engineer Battalion wade through waist-deep water in Morehouse on Thursday. Water began entering the town late last night, however the flooding did not escalate until late Thursday morning.

Volunteers flock to Morehouse

Donald Gautreaux, center left, and Jorden Kettles, center right, help load sandbags in Morehouse on Thursday. Neither Gautreaux nor Kettles live in Morehouse, but like many other volunteers came to help as flood waters rose.

Rock Bridge baseball extends winning streak against Kirksville

The Rock Bridge High School Bruins defeated the Kirksville High School Tigers 5 - 2 on Thursday at Rock Bridge High School. The Bruins jumped into the lead in the top of the second inning and held onto it the entire game.

Rock Bridge senior Travis Bittle throws against Kirksville

Rock Bridge senior Travis Bittle pitches in the fourth inning against Kirksville on April 28 at Rock Bridge High School. The Bruins won 4-2.

Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert and coach Gary Pinkel

MU head coach Gary Pinkel congratulates quarterback Blaine Gabbert for a 41-39 victory over Kansas. Missouri went 10-3 in Gabbert's final season.

Former Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith against Kansas

MU defensive lineman Aldon Smith (85) attempts to block a throw from KU quarterback Quinn Mecham on Nov. 27, 2010. Smith was the first Missouri player taken in the 2011 NFL draft at No. 7.

Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert agaisnt Oklahoma

Junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert runs the ball during the first quarter in a 36-27 win Oklahoma on Oct. 23, 2010. Gabbert through for 308 yards and a touchdown in the game.

Former Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith

MU defensive end Aldon Smith stretches during football practice at Kadlec practice field on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. Smith went No. 7 overall in the NFL draft, the highest a tiger has been selected since Justin Smith in 2001.

Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert vs. Kansas State

Missouri sophomore quarterback Blaine Gabbert searches for a receiver during the first quarter against Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. The Tigers led the Wildcats 17-9 at halftime. Gabbert was selected No. 10 overall in the 2011 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Gabbert, Smith go in Top 10 on NFL Draft

Former Missouri players Aldon Smith and Blaine Gabbert were chosen seventh and tenth in the NFL Draft, respectively. Smith will play for the San Francisco 49ers and Gabbert for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert at the NFL Draft

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert poses for photographs with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the 10th overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the NFL Draft in New York.

Former Missouri football player Aldon Smith at NFL Draft

Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith holds up a jersey after he was selected as the seventh overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday in New York.

Day 4: Day-by-day coverage of 2011 flood

Day 4: Day-by-day coverage of 2011 flood

2010 Officer of the Year Joseph Jackson

Detective Joseph Jackson poses with his wife, Lucy Erin Jackson, for a fellow officer's picture Thursday after being honored as Columbia Police Department's 2010 Officer of the Year. The department's annual award ceremony was held at Columbia City Hall.