Midwest Braces for More Storms and Flooding

The unyielding rain and flooding that have overwhelmed parts of the Midwest are taking their toll on the once-vibrant Missouri town of Clarksville.

Residents of the Mississippi River community already engulfed in water were bracing for stormy weather that could sweep through the region through Thursday. Flood watches were issued Tuesday across parts of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas.

“The severe thunderstorms will be capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes,” the National Weather Service warned. Heavy rain could produce flash and river flooding, the weather service said.

Meteorologist Gregg Gallina said the spring rains were coming on the heels of a “fairly historic’’ winter that deepened a snowpack that overwhelmed rivers with its melt.

Davenport, Iowa, hit hard by floods as the Mississippi River crested at a record-high 22.7 feet last week, faces the possibility of flash flooding. Cities such as Omaha, Nebraska; Madison, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri; and Chicago and Peoria, Illinois, also could feel the impact of the latest round of storms.

Justin Sheppard, a commissioner in Pike County, Missouri, says floodwaters driven by weeks of rain already have chased some Clarksville-area families from their homes.

“We have to worry about rain where we are, plus rain and snow melt north of us,” Sheppard said. “It’s very hard on our communities.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon