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US: Missouri levee fails; prompting more evacuations

A compromised levee in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, failed Tuesday, forcing authorities to order more evacuations in the region.

The levee failed in at least four locations along a two-mile stretch along the Black River, City Manager Doug Bagby said.

The failure was sending flood waters from the Black River racing into a populated but rural area of Butler County, sparing the city of Poplar Bluff, said the city's deputy police chief, Jeff Rolland.


'The town's gone': Seven dead as storm slams Arkansas

50 to 60 still unaccounted for in Vilonia; trail of destruction 15 miles long, three miles wide

The National Weather Service says first light has revealed the track of a deadly tornado that flattened trees and power lines, tore the roofs from homes and left a debris-strewn path through a small central Arkansas town.

The tornado that swiped Vilonia late Monday killed at least four residents, while the severe storms sweeping much of the Midwest left at least three people dead elsewhere in the state.

Emergency crews are preparing to search for dozens of people still missing early Tuesday before more forecast storms strike the area in the afternoon.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe declared a state of emergency Monday night. So far this month, 14 people have died in storm-related incidents in the state.

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The suspected tornado that hit Vilonia left a path of damage three miles wide and 15 miles long, officials said. Between 50 to 80 houses were destroyed, according to Faulkner County emergency management.

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Brazil: Dozen die in floods and landslides

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Landslides and floods in southern Brazil over the weekend are now known to have left a dozen people dead.

Some 40,000 people have been affected by the torrential rain and several hundred left homeless.

The authorities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul have declared a state of emergency in seven cities.

Among the dead were seven family members whose homes in the town of Igrejinha were buried by a landslide.

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Indiana, US: Storms continue; floods forecast

The National Weather Service in northern Indiana has issued a number of flood watches and warnings for northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

The flood warning continues for the following rivers:
  • St. Joseph River affecting Allen and DeKalb counties in Indiana and Defiance County in Ohio until Friday night. At 1 p.m. Monday, the river was 9.8 feet and falling in Fort Wayne. Flood stage is 12.0 feet, and the weather service said it is likely to rise above flood stage Tuesday morning and crest near 14.9 feet by 2 a.m. Wednesday. Minor flooding is forecast.
  • St. Joseph River near Newville was measured at 12.5 feet and steady at 3 p.m. Monday, with minor flooding. Flood stage is 12.0 feet. The river is expected to crest near 134.0 feet about 2 p.m. Thursday. Moderate flooding is forecast.
  • Wabash River near Bluffton affecting Huntington and Wells counties.
  • Tiffin River near Stryker affecting Defiance, Fulton and Williams counties in Ohio.

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US: Missouri flooding forces evacuations, closes airport

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Police were going house to house in part of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, on Monday, ordering people to evacuate ahead of an imminent "catastrophic failure" of a levee on the Black River.

The city said the levee had been compromised after a week in which the area received more than eight inches of rain. Authorities ordered some residents most at risk to evacuate immediately. Other residents near the river were asked to closely monitor developments and water levels in their neighborhoods, the police department said.

"The levee is weakening by the minute and may fail at any time," the National Weather Service said in an alert Monday afternoon.

The weather service said the southeastern portion of the city would be inundated if the levee fails.The levee protects Poplar Bluff from the river, which is now more than four feet over flood stage, according to the weather service.


Rains continue to lash Bangalore

Heavy rains lashed the city for the second successive day today, inundating low lying areas, uprooting trees in some regions and causing traffic jam on all the main roads.

Incessant rains have uprooted trees in some areas while some low lying areas including Ejipura, parts of Mysore road and Goripalya have been inundated. There has also been water logging in areas including Sriramapuram and Okalipuram, officials of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike told PTI.

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Floods force hundreds to evacuate in central Canada

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Persistent flooding in Canada's central province of Manitoba has forced hundreds of people from their homes and closed dozens of roads, authorities said Tuesday.

Officials worked around the clock to build higher dikes near towns along the Assiniboine River, near the province's western border where flood threats were the most serious.

A total of 763 people have been evacuated from their homes, the Manitoba Water Stewardship said.

"Ice jams along the Assiniboine River between Poplar Point and Baie St. Paul Bridge caused surges in the water levels, and overtopped and breached the dikes in some areas," the government agency announced.

"The dikes took quite a pounding," a government official told AFP, adding that repairs were quickly done.


US: Mississippi River hits 19 feet

At mid-day, the Mississippi River is at 19 feet in the Quad-Cities and is projected to hit 20.5 feet by Friday, according to the latest information from the National Weather Service.

That would make it the 6th worst floods in Quad-City history.

Watch out for detours along flood-prone areas in Moline and Davenport.

At 20 feet water is over the top of the jetty at Lindsay Park Yacht Club in Davenport and affects buildings at Sunset Marina in Rock Island. Water also affects the Quad-City Sports Center and in Davenport and Moline River Drive from the 2300 to 5500 block. Water is at the foundations of Davenport's Union Station and Freight House buildings.

At 19 feet, water affects Rock Island's Sunset Marina parking lot and from 2700 to 4800 River Drive in Moline. LeClaire Park in Davenport is entirely underwater and water is over most of River Drive from Division to Federal streets. Water is also at the base of the loading docks of the 2nd Street Post Office in Davenport.

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US: After Storms, a Path of Death and Damage

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A tornado ripped apart a home in Fayetteville, N.C. At least 23 people were reported dead throughout the state.
The reality of the devastation of a storm that sent more than 200 tornadoes ripping across the South, killing at least 45 people and causing millions of dollars in damage, began to sink in Monday morning.

In North Carolina, where the storm killed at least 23 people and put hundreds in the hospital, federal and local emergency workers were fanning out to the areas hardest hit and residents were scrambling to figure out how to help their neighbors or, for the dozens who lost their homes, how to start over.

In the Raleigh area, the police kept residents from a mobile home park with about 200 homes where three young siblings were killed. In sections of this city of about 400,000, several major buildings were damaged and several schools and government offices were closed for the day. Traffic into downtown Raleigh was snarled.

In rural areas, downed cellphone towers and severed utility lines were likely to hamper clean-up efforts.

The storm, which began Wednesday in Oklahoma and charged east for the rest of the week, brought winds as high as 165 miles per hour and spread challenging weather from New York to South Carolina.

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Storm Dumped Record Rainfall On Philly

Storm Dumped Record Rainfall On Philly: MyFoxPHILLY.com

Philadelphia - The same storm system that spawned more than 240 tornadoes to the South brought record rainfall to Philadelphia and other areas.

The rain caused widespread flooding and power outages, and spawning high winds and prompted tornado warnings.