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June 24th, 2008
03:07 PM ET

Flood danger returns

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/24/art.lincolncounty.floods.jpg caption="Mark Rowland wades through floodwater near his home, June 19. Levels have risen in Lincoln County since then."]
Kay Jones
AC360° Staff

People in the flooded towns of Illinois and Missouri, along the Mississippi River, are getting something they do not need right now–rain... And lots of it.

A massive thunderstorm has just erupted, and it's expected to last a while.

Lincoln County has more water than last time we were here, just a few days ago. Fields for baseball games Friday night now have a couple of inches of water on them.

Houses that survived the initial levee overtopping are now either flooded or dangerously close.

And people are nervous. Will the levees that are still standing now hold, or will there be more flooding? People here in Lincoln County are holding their breath... Again.


Filed under: 360° Radar • AC360° Staff • Severe Weather
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    When does it ever stop for these poor people? Just think as well as their homes being in danger of inundation their work places are too Financially this flooding is going to be a huge disaster. I hope from all this maybe we learn not to build near floodplains and depend on levees to keep the water out

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 24, 2008 at 8:28 pm |
  2. William Joseph Miller

    We're lucky the levees did not give out this time. But who is responsible for maintaining the levees in the first place? We stopped maintaining the levees so that we could fight a useless war in Iraq and so that we could give tax breaks for the rich. In addition, the floods are the latest by-product of global warming. We need to develop fuels with fewer carbon emissions.

    However insisting on maintaining the infrastructure, cleaning up toxic waste sites, or preserving the environment makes you a tax-and-spend liberal. Because we didn't want to tax and spend, the economy faces an enormous bill because of the flood. And the bill that we're paying now is much higher than the bill we would have paid with well-regulated government spending on levees and prudent public investments in non-polluting energy sources (like kelp, algae, or even bacteria.)

    The floods prove once again the need fo change we can believe in. Proactive tax-and-spend liberals actually save the country money, far more than reactive borrow-and-squander conservatives. Liberals are the new fiscal conservatives.

    June 24, 2008 at 8:08 pm |
  3. Cindy

    It's sad to hear that it is once again raining there! Will these peoples nightmares ever end!? I just can't believe that this has gone on as long as it has! I hope for their sakes that the levees hold and the rain subsides soon!

    Cindy...Ga.

    June 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm |