In the News: Flooding Threatens More Midwest Levees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has warned that four or five additional levees in the St. Louis area could be breached as a result of Mississippi River flooding. About 11 levees have already been breached in the area since flooding began in Iowa and Missouri. Overflowing waters already have destroyed fertile farmland and prompted evacuations by residents in both states. National Guard troops have been deployed to work alongside 300 prisoners and hundreds of residents in sandbagging and stabilizing the threatened levees. Two dozen people have been killed and 148 have been injured in the flooding, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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