More flooding in Midwest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) -- Still more heavy rain in the Midwest is causing more flooding.

Southwest Missouri got as much as five inches of rain yesterday, triggering widespread flooding of low-lying areas and roads. A local emergency official says a bridge along a lake collapsed.

In the town of Winfield, Missouri, along the Mississippi River, an emergency sandbag levee failed yesterday, flooding dozens more homes. Hundreds of National Guard volunteers had worked to build the levee around a cluster of 100 homes after the main levee protecting the town gave way Friday. But in the end, as a fire department official puts it, "Mother Nature won."

Local officials says at least 60 homes in Winfield have been flooded and more than 90 across Lincoln County have been destroyed. Thirty-six other homes in the county have major damage. About 650 more homes have yet to be evaluated.

The Mississippi River is receding at Winfield, but remains well above flood stage.


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