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You may or may not have heard about the severe flooding in the Midwest states of the USA.

Several people have died, hundreds have been injured, thousands have lost their homes and several thousand volunteers includding ones from states as far away as Texas and Georgia have spent night and day helping to shore up levees on the Mississippi River.

Entire cities from Iowa to Missouri have been flooded - estimated damages already in the billions of $'s and many farmers will miss an entire season's crops.
Christopher and I went to downtown St Louis along the river front - most all of the streets leading to the river and river access businesses have been blocked off. We were able to get close enough to see just how high the water was. At about 12 feet above flood stage - St Louis is not in danger of major losses like other cities up and down the Mississippi River. The river is about 10 feet lower than the flood in 1993, which was considered a "500 year flood".

Very helpful navigation tips here --- and a 35 mph speed limit - "Big Foot" couldn't do that.....!!!!

Normally I would have taken a photo of Water Street - but it was under, well water - and so where the street signs.......
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the 700 missing people and their loved ones from the ferry that sank in the Philippines.
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Jun 22 2008 14:15 GMT virginiabrill
Wow....were you n a boat or something??? Or maybe on a roof of a house?
Jun 22 2008 14:17 GMT garynumber1cleaner
jeesh.... terrible :(
Jun 22 2008 14:17 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
The flooding certainly looks pretty serious.
Did I hear the floodwaters were now starting to recede at last?
Jun 22 2008 17:08 GMT annieann PRO
o m g that is awesome my friend
Jun 22 2008 17:29 GMT Studio88
Sad images on TV of people who have lost everything in the floods and now the story
of ferry that sank in the Philippines - We join you Bill, in our thoughts and Prayers! :-(
Jun 22 2008 17:39 GMT Lalbabu
Floods are same whether in America or in India or in Phillipines.
Jun 22 2008 17:48 GMT Lensvision
Jun 22 2008 21:08 GMT Elise
OMG! this is is terrible :(
Jun 23 2008 03:12 GMT LisaSam67
Well crap. My parents are driving to iowa from calif tomorrow or tuesday hmmmmm
Jun 23 2008 05:30 GMT Caesar
Oh My God.... this degree of flood in US. I was never aware!!
Jun 23 2008 15:27 GMT PhotoPro PRO
as long as they're west of Des Moines they should be ok Lisa
Jun 23 2008 23:01 GMT corainna
This is a sad imagine of a sad situation! Is happend here in my country too thi sdays unfortunatly:(
Jun 25 2008 01:49 GMT LizSA
sad, cannot believe this still happens in this day and age....!!
Jun 25 2008 03:24 GMT PhotoPro PRO
I wish I had been 12-15 miles NW on the highway tonite - they had to shut it down for several hours because of all the deer on it - they had been flushed from their natural habitat - I would LOVE to have had pics of that
Jun 26 2008 02:31 GMT LizSA
OH PP.. how sad...... nature's good and nature's sad......:(

sorry you and Christopher could not have been there for FT...!!!