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PHOTO GALLERY: Flood waters continue to rise, drawing attention and damage to mid-Missouri

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PHOTO GALLERY: Flood waters continue to rise, drawing attention and damage to mid-Missouri

As water levels continue to run high throughout central Missouri and the state, towns and homes prepare for and react to the flooding. As a result of high waters in Truman Lake, all four flood gates in Truman dam were opened Friday morning to allow water through and to decrease the amount of water trapped by the dam. As the Osage River and Missouri River water levels continue to rise, evacuations and river edges are continuing to increase. 

Melissa Ross works with family members and neighbors to recover items from her flooded home

Melissa Ross, right, was able to rescue her cats, some clothing, Christmas decorations and some of her late mother's possessions from her Steedman home on Friday. "We were going to rebuild the house up this year," said Leroy Ross, center. "Now I don't know what we are going to do."

Shiela Naylor, right, and her granddaughter Kayle Naylor take pictures

Shiela Naylor, right, and her granddaughter Kayle Naylor take pictures and watch the water being released from Truman Dam into the Osage River on Friday in Warsaw. "I've never seen anything like this," said Naylor. "The amount of water is just crazy."

Water rushes through Truman Dam's four floodgates and into the Osage River

Water rushes through Truman Dam's four floodgates and into the Osage River on Friday in Warsaw. The dam discharges about 42,000 cubic feet of water per second as the water level of Lake Truman slowly drops, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Truman Lake was created for flood control, but the lake has swollen past its normal level by 33 feet, according to the Corps of Engineers.

Rose Martin, pink, Mathew Byrne, blue and his sister Cami, white, play on sandbags

Rose Martin, left, Mathew Byrne, center, and his sister Cami, right, play on sandbags while their parents assess damage to their bar in Mokane on Friday. "It was like someone pulled a plug and all the water rushed in," said the Jamie Byrnes, owner of Mokane bar and mother of Mathew and Cami.

Mike Ross and his girlfriend Jennifer Ritter, paddle back to their home

Mike Ross and his girlfriend Jennifer Ritter paddle back to their home to lock up after rescuing some belongings on Friday in Steedman. "I lost three vehicles," said Ross. "There's one left jacked up and that's in water, too."

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