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Black River swells in Poplar Bluff floods

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.

1998 cicadas cover tree trunk

Cicadas from the 1998 emergence cover a tree trunk in Columbia. Individual cicadas are not very loud, but groups of them can produce sounds of up to 85 decibels — louder than the sound of a jet flying overhead, American Entomologist editor-in-chief Gene Kritsky said.

1998 cicada on leaf

A cicada rests on a leaf during the 1998 emergence in Columbia. The brood emerges every 13 years.

Cicada from 1998

A cicada rests on a branch during the 1998 emergence in Columbia. The same brood of cicadas is scheduled to emerge later this spring when the soil temperature reaches about 65 degrees.

A street department truck thrusts through a flooded neighborhood in Poplar Bluff

A street department worker patrols a flooded neighborhood Tuesday in Poplar Bluff after a Black River levee was breached, forcing evacuations.

Streets under water in Poplar Bluff

Floodwater from the Black River surrounds a street sign Tuesday in Poplar Bluff.

Kasey Medley and Erica Cass observe flooding 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.

Missouri Highway Patrol members patrol a flooded street in Poplar Bluff

Members of the Missouri Highway Patrol set off by boat to patrol a flooded street and check for victims of a flash flood Monday in Poplar Bluff. Thousands of southeast Missouri residents watched helplessly Monday as water from the Black River crept toward their homes after flowing over the levee protecting their town and trapping some who had to be rescued by boat.

Steve Ward of Popular Bluff monitors seepage of a temporary levee

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.

Flooding near Poplar Bluff

Home and businesses south of Poplar Bluff are flooded out by rising waters from the Black River on Monday. Water is spilling over a river levee, and officials fear the levee will break.

Preparing morel mushrooms

Presenter Stan Hudson cuts morel mushrooms before rolling them in batter and frying them at the Morel Madness presentation at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Monday.

Morel mushrooms on display

A box of morel mushrooms sit on display at the Morel Madness presentation at the Park Office Building at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Monday.

Enjoying a bite of morel mushrooms

Janice Gaston and Jim Austin enjoy a bite of a fried morel mushrooms at the Morel Madness presentation at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Monday. The presentation was led by Stan Hudson.

Mushroom enthusiast displays morels

John Rapp, a self-proclaimed mushroom enthusiast, shows morel mushrooms to Janice Gaston at the Morel Madness presentation at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Monday. Mushroom enthusiasts came to the presentation to learn how to hunt and cook mushrooms.

Trying morel mushrooms for the first time

Seven-year-old Owen Walls, left, Jim Austin, and Beckett Rowson, 7, eat fried morel mushrooms at the Morel Madness presentation at the Park Office Building at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Monday. "It tasted like french fries!" Walls said, enthusiastically, who tried a morel mushroom for the first time during the event.

City Manager Mike Matthes

Incoming City Manager Mike Matthes discusses his plans for Columbia. Matthes was formerly assistant city manager and chief information officer in Des Moines, Iowa.

Missing 17-year-old boy

17-year-old Kylan Stubler was last seen Thursday and reported as missing to the Columbia Police Department on Friday afternoon. He has yet to be found.

Matt Felts instructing Hickman

Hickman High School choir director Matt Felts holds his glasses in his hand as he gives instruction to his choir students on March 23, at Hickman High School.

Hickman choir class

Choir students laugh after Hickman High School choir director Matt Felts tells his students to sing to the person facing the next to them during class on March 23 at Hickman High School. Felts became choir director in 2007 and has since gained a reputation for creating a fun and lively atmosphere for his students.

Hickman choir instructor

Hickman High School choir director Matt Felts gestures to his choir students for the notes to sing during class on March 23 at Hickman High School. Felts said he enjoys giving his students an outlet to express themselves without apprehension.
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