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Midwest Residents Scramble to Save Homes from Record Flooding

01-01-2016
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Record flooding continues to worsen in the Midwest as the Mississippi river has reached seldom-seen levels.

Hundereds of highways and roads are underwater in Missouri as residents scramble to sandbag homes in hopes they will be spared.

Parts of Interstate 55 was closed south of the city and a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 44 was closed in the southwest suburbs of St. Louis.

Local meterologist say that the Mississippi River, which is normally five feet has risen to 42 feet, the amount of water you see flowing over Niagra Falls.

"All the rivers that feed this area, the Illinois River, the upper Mississippi and the Missouri, are all coming with their flood crests right here today," Robert Holmes, National Flood Coordinator for the US Geological Survey, said. "So that's what's made this flood so large."

The U.S Geological Survey is monitoring the rise of the Mississippi River. The flooding is responsible for the deaths of at least 22 people.

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