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Levee Breaks Add to Midwest Flood Problems

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Uploaded on Jun 10, 2008

PlusLevee Breaks Add to Midwest Flood ProblemsLevee Breaks Add to Midwest Flood ProblemsThe Associated PressPeople continue to battle high water in Indiana, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. (June 10)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] (VIDEO OF BROKEN LEVY FROM AIR BOAT)Ad another state to the list of those deluged with high water. Two levee breaks have caused water to pour across 50 square miles of an Illinois county which borders already hard-hit Indiana.The Embarrass River exploded through right here spilling millions of gallons of water.(VIDEO OF SWAMPED CAMPERS AND STRANDED JIM MCCLASKEY)But the Lawrence Rod and Gun Club was in the flood path.RV's are swamped and Jim McClasky is stranded on someone else's property.JIM MCCKLASKEY/STRANDED IN LAWRENCEVILLE"WE COME IN THE BACK ROAD. IT WASN'T BAD WHEN WE COME THROUGH. WE FOOLED AROUND ABOUT AN HOUR OR SO OVER THERE. WHEN WE TRIED TO LEAVE. WE TURNED AROUND IT GOT TOO DEEP."MARK CARLSON/STANDUPThis is normally farmland as far as the eye can see.When the Embarrass River levy broke, the landscaped turned into a lake. [Notes:map pull out effect?]In addition to Illinois, severe flooding extends across several midwest states: Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin. [Notes:wisc] The village of Gays Mills, Wisconsin was inundated during the weekend, just 10 months after another devastating flood left residents working to rebuild homes and businesses. The swollen Kickapoo River engulfed nearly the entire town. Almost a quarter of the 625 residents have evacuated. Officials say the very survival of the town is at stake.(SOT: LARRY MCCARN/GAYS MILLS VILLAGE PRESIDENT) I'M REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT IT, YES. I AM NOT SURE HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL STAY OR EVEN COME BACK OR EVEN THE BUSINESSES, WHAT'LL HAPPEN TO THEM.Wisconsin's governor will ask for a federal disaster declaration later this week. About 70 miles north, in Lake Delton, families are surveying the damage left behind after Lake Delton overflowed, then emptied. It swept away several homes in the process. (sot: TIM FROMM/lost home)15:21:01 JUST NOT SURE WHAT TO DO AT THIS POINT BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK OVER WE DON'T EVEN HAVE LAND ANYMORE. [Notes:pool]In Elnora, Indiana, the breadth of the problem can been seen from the air. The White River has overrun it's banks--reaching 16 feet above flood stage in some places. The state got two inches of rain Monday, on top of the 11 inches received in places over the weekend [Notes:woi] Iowans continue to sandbag to try to hold back the water. The governor has declared emergencies in 31 counties. The downpours that led to all this flooding are also impacting crops. Flooded corn fields have made it difficult for farmers to plant, pushing corn prices to record highs on commodities exchanges. ___ ___, The Associated Press.

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