Union, Missouri partly underwater

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Heavy rainfall over the Christmas holiday leads to flooding in parts of Missouri, where homes are left partially submerged. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Union, Missouri partly underwater

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STORY: The effects of a storm system that triggered deadly tornadoes and flooding in the U.S. Midwest and Southwest could be see in Union, Missouri on Tuesday (December 29), where homes and businesses were nearly underwater following three days of rainfall, local media reported.

More than 40 people were killed in wild weather in the United States during the Christmas holidays in the past week, including 11 in the Dallas area who died in a series of twisters that reduced buildings and homes to splinters.

The severe weather also has stranded tens of thousands of air travelers during one of busiest travel periods of the year. By late morning Tuesday, some 1,800 flights had been canceled in the United States and over 3,850 were delayed. About 2,900 flights were canceled on Monday (December 28), according to FlightAware.com.

Parts of eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois were under flood warnings and flood watches on Tuesday, while up to a foot (30 cm) of snow was forecast for Iowa and the Great Lakes region, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

The U.S. Coast Guard had to close a 5-mile (8 km) section of the Mississippi River near St. Louis to all vessel traffic because the rising river levels created hazardous conditions. The river is expected to crest at near-record levels on Thursday (December 31) just when residents hope to ring in the New Year.

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