There were growing fears too for residents in southern IL, where the rising Mississippi River reportedly topped a levee, putting several towns and rural communities at risk.
The Mississippi River’s floodwaters are moving south, causing more levee failures and more severe damage.
In St. Mary, Missouri, a town of about 360 residents 50 miles south of St. Louis, neighbors and volunteers placed sandbags around homes after a small agricultural levee broke.
In Memphis, Tennessee, the MS was expected to crest Friday well below record levels.
Most of emergency personnel, including the National Guard, were involved in debris after the floods that were blamed on at least 24 deaths in Missouri and IL – with 15 fatalities occurring in Missouri, a spokesman for that state’s governor said Saturday night.
Tatum said many more homes were affected by a flood in 2011 and expressed frustration that already approved buy-outs of more than 100 homes and small businesses related to that flooding have been stalled by an IL state budget impasse.
The flooded Crescent area of west St. Louis County, Mo., including the Aberdeen Golf Club near Eureka, is seen from the overlook in Bluff View Park on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.
Authorities have identified another of the 22 people killed in the winter flood in the Midwest. Searchers were still looking Friday for five missing people – two teenagers in IL, two men in Missouri and one man in Oklahoma.
He also says the state has never had very much in specific funds for natural disasters. Some houses like this one are still flooded, although water from the Mississippi, Meremec and Missouri rivers was larg…
Two wastewater-treatment plants were so damaged by floodwaters that raw sewage spewed into the river. Gov. Bruce Rauner encouraged people to respect requests to evacuate. Minor flooding along the Ohio River affects Owensboro and Paducah, Kentucky, and the crest isn’t expected until Thursday.
As the runoff from the deluges that hit around Christmas gathered in rivers that empty into the Mississippi River, downstream gauges are predicting potential flooding for areas in southern Missouri and Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
In Texas, thousands of cows died in a surprise blizzard, while the milk supply dried up for thousands of others went unmilked for several days, reducing their production for months to come, dairy officials told CNN.
With the Mississippi River reaching high stages, feeder rivers could be expected to see some backup flooding, the NWS said.
In Wickliffe, Ky., also on the Mississippi River, residents were filling sandbags to protect homes from flooding. On Friday the company made a decision to shut the terminal, just south of downtown, as floodwaters threatened to inundate it. “And with a newborn baby, you watch this water get up to where it’s inches from those electrical outlets and it’s probably time to get ready to go”. Associated Press writers Maria Sudekum in Kansas City, Mo., and Jim Salter in St. Louis contributed.