Missouri river levels rise, hundreds evacuate

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Rain-swollen rivers rise across Missouri with widespread flooding forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people and threatening to wash out scores of structures. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Missouri river levels rise, hundreds evacuate

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Rain-swollen rivers rose across Missouri on Wednesday (December 30) with widespread flooding forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people, closing parts of a major interstate highway and threatening to wash out scores of structures.

At least 13 people have died in Missouri since the weekend, when days of downpours from a massive winter storm system triggered the state’s worst flooding in two decades, Governor Jay Nixon said.

Nixon called the flooding “very historic and dangerous” and urged motorists not to drive into moving water. A dozen of the deaths in Missouri were due to people driving into flooded areas, Nixon said.

Several major rivers, including the Mississippi, and tributaries in Missouri and Illinois were poised to crest at record levels, the National Weather Service said, but parts of the region already are inundated.

News video showed homes and business already surrounded by water almost up to their roofs in Missouri while crews in other areas put up sand bag barriers in hopes of keeping out floodwaters. Nixon has called out the National Guard to help in his state.

Flood warnings stretch from eastern Oklahoma into southeastern Kansas, southern Missouri, central Illinois and parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, and the Florida panhandle, the NWS said. A total of 46 locations are experiencing major flooding.

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