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More torrential rain worsens Midwest flooding

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From page A9 | July 02, 2014 |

ST. LOUIS — More torrential rain worsened flooding in the Midwest, spawning high water that swept away an Iowa teenager, caused a traffic nightmare near one of the nation’s busiest airports and threatened to swamp a Missouri town for the fifth time in less than a decade.

More than 3 inches of rain fell over much of eastern Iowa and northern Illinois Monday night and Tuesday morning, and some areas got up to 5 inches of rain, National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Fuchs said, capping a week of downpours in the region.

Six Midwest states — North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri — were dealing with significant flooding and there were pockets in some other states. By the weekend, the Mississippi River will be at major flood stage along many Iowa, Illinois and Missouri communities, forecasters said. River flooding could close highways, potentially top levees and threaten some homes and businesses.

The Mississippi River rise came suddenly after a spate of thunderstorms in the last month, Fuchs said.

“The spring wasn’t that terribly bad. It was minor flooding, kind of ho hum,” he said. “We had a very wet June, and it looks like, initially at least, July will follow suit.”

In Iowa, rescue crews on Tuesday afternoon recovered the body of 17-year-old Logan Blake, who was swept away in a Cedar Rapids storm drain Monday night. Authorities say his body was found in three feet of water in a lake one mile away. Blake was with friends on the grounds of an elementary school when he was pulled into the drain by fast-moving water.

The storms were blamed for two deaths in Indiana, where trees fell on homes early Tuesday, killing 14-year-old Daniel Holbrook in Winona Lake and 64-year-old Larry Davisson at Big Long Lake; and in Iowa, where a man died when a building collapsed in high winds.

The sudden rain overwhelmed the Kennedy Expressway, a major Chicago thoroughfare that runs to O’Hare International Airport. All but a single lane of traffic heading to the airport was closed for several hours Tuesday because of standing water. Some desperate air travelers were getting out of taxis and hauling luggage the rest of the way to the airport.

Karen Pride, a spokeswoman for Chicago’s aviation department, said Tuesday that some 125 flights at O’Hare had been canceled. A dozen more were scrapped at Midway International Airport.

A Chicago area water authority released millions of gallons of storm runoff and sewage into Lake Michigan to relieve tunnels and reservoirs, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago said.

In Kane County, Illinois, west of Chicago, storms washed out a stretch of an unlit, rural road and created a 10-foot sinkhole that a Ford Taurus drove into early Tuesday morning, trapping both occupants. No one was seriously hurt.

The fast-rising Mississippi River prompted sudden flood-fighting efforts in several towns from southern Iowa to near St. Louis.

One of those was Clarksville, Missouri, about 70 miles north of St. Louis. The town of only about 400 residents draws tens of thousands of visitors every year to one of the widest and most scenic spots on the Mississippi.

It also has no flood protection. In four of the past eight years, Clarksville has been forced to spend $400,000 to $700,000 in city funds to pay for sandbagging operations — the entire annual city budget is $350,000.

The flood is expected to crest nearly 9 feet above flood stage on Tuesday. That’s enough to put water into several homes and most downtown businesses. But Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said there will be no organized sandbagging this year.

“The city has no funding to deal with this flood,” Smiley said. “Individuals and business owners are on their own.”

Homeowners and merchants are already using sand and bags left over from last year to fortify their own properties. Smiley is also trying to get prisoners to help fill and place the bags.

Flood warnings have been issued for multiple areas of central and eastern Iowa and several rivers that flow into the Mississippi were flooding, the National Weather Service said. Lucinda Robertson, a spokeswoman for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said her office received requests from several counties for equipment to cope with the flooding.

In Minnesota, fresh off its wettest June in more than a century, there were signs that the worst flooding may be receding. The flooding has already forced St. Paul to relocate a major food festival and the annual Fourth of July Fireworks display away from the Mississippi River. State leaders said the flooding had caused at least $32 million in damage to public roads, bridges and parks — a tally that’s expected to rise as the flood waters recede.

Parts of the Dakotas also saw record rainfall over the weekend. In North Dakota, crews in Bottineau and Renville counties were cutting open some roads to keep water flowing and away from farmhouses. Weekend storms dumped as much as 9 inches of rain.

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

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