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Swollen Rivers Force Transportation Closures in Midwest



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    In this aerial photo, road crews pump water off the highway as floodwater covers Interstate 55, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Arnold, Mo. Surging Midwestern rivers forced hundreds of evacuations, threatened dozens of levees and brought transportation by car, boat or train to a virtual standstill Thursday in the St. Louis area.

    Transportation in parts of Missouri hit roadblocks Thursday as rivers in the midwest swelled to historic levels, NBC News reported.

    Authorities closed down interstates 55 and 44, and transportation by boat, car and train were paralyzed in the St. Louis area.

    Hundreds of homes in southwestern suburbs of St. Louis were damaged and hundreds of other homes were evacuated in the wake of the powerful storm.

    Two rivers surged to record levels since the “Great Flood” of 1993. Waters surged after more than 10 inches of rain fell this week from Illinois to Missouri. At least 22 people were killed in Missouri and Illinois.