LEWIS W. DIUGUID

Rain brings more flooding in Missouri

Updated: 2013-04-27T23:19:08Z

By LEWIS W. DIUGUID

The Kansas City Star

No one in the Kansas City area is complaining about the rain.

After the drought last year, the parched trees, grass, flowers and other vegetation can use the moisture. But on the eastern side of the state, people wish the rain would stop.

Sure they remember last year’s drought, too. But the heavy downpours now also remind them of the flooding that occurred in many parts of the Midwest two years ago.

North of St. Louis in Grafton, Ill., people through Friday will endure the worst of flooding along the Mississippi River, CNN reports. The Coast Guard also reports that parts of the Illinois, Missouri and Mississippi rivers were closed to recreational boats because of debris in the water and fast currents.

Flood watches stretched south to Louisiana. Sandbagging operations were taking place in some towns along the river to try to hold back the water.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency last week after flash flooding hit some eastern parts of the state.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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