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Severe Flooding Afflict Central and Southern US
   2016-01-02 19:32:45    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guan Chao

A screen shot from CCTV shows that central US is hit by a severe winter flood. [Screen shot: CRIENGLISH.com]

The authorities in the US city of St Louis say the worst of a dangerous and deadly winter flood is now over. Many local residents have been spending the first day of the new year assessing water damage and cleaning up.

The flood was caused by more than 25 centimeters of rain over three days that began last weekend. It caused at least 11 levee failures and 22 deaths.

Local resident Linda Thorne says although the water has receded, she has still not been able to return home.

"Going back in the trailer, I have not been able to do it. Water is receding, but I would still need a canoe to get back up there. And it's not safe for me to go in."

Other states along the Mississippi River have either also been severely affected by rising water levels or are preparing for the worst.

The US National Weather Service expects the river's water level to peak at 14 meters on Sunday in southern Illinois, surpassing the 1995 record. Parts of Illinois have been declared disaster areas, while flood warnings were in effect on Friday for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, the Carolinas, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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