Published On: Fri, Jan 1st, 2016

Illinois, Missouri floods leave at least 20 dead, two more missing

Flooding caused by severe weather conditions continues to endanger the lives of residents in Missouri and Illinois and reportedly has killed at least 20 thus far.
According to ABCNews.com the flooding from continuous rains has reached record levels. Hundreds of evacuations are under way, particularly in the suburbs of St. Louis. Traffic on roads that are not flooded has become extremely congested due to many main roads being closed.
Global Dispatch 200x119A 24-mile stretch of Interstate 44 is closed as well as a 3-mile stretch of Interstate 55.
“There’s still water out there — there’s water everywhere,” Missouri Department of Transportation spokeswoman Marie Elliott said. “We were out there all night sandbagging trying to hold it back as much as we could, but it was just so much.”
The flooding has caused the deaths of at least 20 people. Most of these people were killed in their vehicles when they tried to drive on flooded roadways.
In addition, two people are reported missing in Illinois.
In Eureka, southwest of St. Louis, firefighters are using boats to rescue people from their homes and businesses.
“I think you’re seeing people who are desperate or impatient, putting themselves in predicaments,” said Scott Barthelmass, a Eureka Fire Protection District spokesman.
As the Mississippi River is cresting, the New Year starts off with a break from rain in this region, hopefully enabling rescue teams to work the area.
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