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PHOTOS: Flooding continues to inundate central Missouri towns

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PHOTOS: Flooding continues to inundate central Missouri towns

Lupus resident Doug Elley surveys the damage to his town from the floods. Elley used to be mayor of Lupus and now owns the Lupus General Store. Lupus is one of the many central Missouri small towns underwater. It was also one of the towns badly flooded in 1993. "There might be less water," Elley said. "But it's the same feeling as '93." 

See more recent flooding photo galleries here and here

Doug Elley rows down the flooded center of the town of Lupus

Doug Elley rows down the flooded center of town Tuesday in Lupus. Elley is a former mayor of the town of Lupus. He now owns and manages the Lupus General Store.

Houses and trees are surrounded by water on Main Street

Houses and trees are surrounded by water Tuesday on Main Street in Lupus. The town has been flooded with river water and rainwater for much of May and all of June. 

Doug Elley observes the flooding in his neighborhood

Doug Elley observes the flooding in his neighborhood from a canoe Tuesday in Lupus. "Most of the Lupus residents have stuck it out," he said. "People don't want to leave their homes." Many Lupus residents have purchased kayaks to be able to get around.

A lone mailbox sits with water up to its base

A lone mailbox sits with water up to its base Tuesday in Lupus. "We haven't had mail for weeks," Lupus resident Doug Elley said. "I have two weeks' worth of mail stacked up in Jamestown waiting for me." 

Doug Elley surveys the damage to his general store

Doug Elley surveys the damage to his general store Tuesday in Lupus. When he bought the general store, he turned it into a concert venue for local talent to showcase their music. Now, about 6 inches of stagnant water has lay waste to much of the floor. Anticipating floodwater, Doug stacked items up high in an attempt to save whatever he could. 

Doug Elley opens the back door to the general store

Doug Elley opens the back door to the general store as more water flows into the building Tuesday in Lupus. "It's just a matter of time before I have to begin cleaning up the mess," he said. "I don't want the mud to stick." 

Doug Elley pulls his canoe to an area spared by the flooding

Doug Elley pulls his canoe to an area spared by the flooding Tuesday in Lupus. Elley and other central Missourians see the recent floods as reminiscent of the Great Flood of 1993 that drenched many of the same areas of mid-Missouri that are underwater today. "There might be less water," he said. "But it's the same feeling as '93." 

A barn sits on a grassy plain as floodwaters slowly approach

A barn sits on a grassy plain as floodwaters slowly approach Tuesday in Lupus. Floodwaters are expected to rise as thunderstorms again make their way to the Midwest over the next few days. 

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