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More Misery In Missouri: Levee Breached In Poplar Bluff; Region Drenched

Floodwaters from the Black River surrounded a street sign earlier today (April 26, 2011) in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Floodwaters from the Black River surrounded a street sign earlier today (April 26, 2011) in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

The soaking continues from Arkansas northeast through Missouri and on to the Ohio River Valley.

In Poplar Bluff, Mo., "a levee keeping a swollen river from inundating a southeast Missouri town cracked in at least one place Tuesday," The Associated Press reports.

As the Springfield, Mo., News-Leaderwrites, "around the region, waves of thunderstorms pummeled northern Arkansas and southwest Missouri, dropping more than a foot of rain in some places over the past four days."

At least seven people were killed in Arkansas on Monday, when powerful storms — including some tornadoes — swept through the state. According to the AP, "the deaths from Monday's storms bring this month's storm-related death toll in Arkansas to 14. And forecasters said another bout of bad weather was expected to hammer the state Tuesday afternoon."

Vilonia, Ark., was especially hard hit yesterday.

From Murray, Ky., our colleagues at WKMS are tracking the damage from storms in . They're reporting hundreds of uprooted trees, numerous downed power lines and quite a bit of damage to buildings.

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