Flooding rains swamp central USA

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POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — Thousands of southeastern 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.

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Several homes in and around Poplar Bluff were partially submerged, while water filled the front yards of other houses. The river topped the levee in multiple spots, raising concerns that it would give way under the weight of inch after inch of rain that had been falling since the weekend.

“It was too late for sandbagging. There are too many places. If you sandbag one place, it goes to the next. All we can do is wait and see,