Heavy rains pound flood-ravaged Midwest

June 25, 2008 7:31:09 PM PDT
Overnight downpours in the Midwest are threatening already strained levees and there's more rain in the forecast. The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches of rain fell last night on parts of northern Missouri, adding water to some four rivers that feed into the Mississippi. And more thunderstorms are forecast in Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois. A government meteorologist says, "The flood of 2008 may not be over."

The preliminary forecast for Grafton, Illinois, is for a foot rise above the peak so far. The new crest is expected to be 13 feet over flood stage.

In Winfield, Missouri -- along the Mississippi -- authorities are struggling to keep a 2-and-a-half-mile levee from giving way. A new 100-foot dirt slide is reported down its slope.

President Bush has declared a major disaster area in 22 Missouri counties, freeing up federal funding.


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