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Midwest bracing for more flooding

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The Midwest is bracing for more flooding today. Rivers are spilling over their banks in at least six states. The flooding is blamed for at least 3 deaths.

Residents in E. Peoria, Illinois are moving their valuables to higher ground. The Illinois River is rising and is threatening to wash out homes and businesses.

Last week's rain has rivers across the Midwest surging and spilling over their banks. Near Chicago, a school bus driver plowed through deep waters.

Thousands of acres of Illinois farmland are under water during the height of planting season. Farmers are building levees to prevent further devastation.

Parts of the Mississippi River have already crested, forcing hundreds from their homes. Near, St. Louis, more than 100 barges broke loose. Some slammed into bridges.

And, more rain is in the forecast, adding to the concern for thousands who live in low-lying riverfront communities.

Up to 6 inches of snow is expected in South Dakota today. Forecasters say all that snow can lead to more flooding when it melts into rivers.

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