Mo. levee threatens to burst amid worsening floods
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) - A thousand residents have fled their homes in southern Missouri because of a flood threat.
Heavy rain is falling on already-saturated ground, and a levee protecting the town is in danger.
Smaller evacuations have been taking place today from Kentucky to Arkansas as rivers and lakes continued to rise. And it's only expected to get worse.
Forecasters are calling for severe storms that will drop more heavy rain across the lower Ohio and Mississippi River valleys.
They say northeast Texas, eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas are expected to get the worst of it.
It's a region that already endured a storm system last week and over the weekend that brought tornadoes and washed away roads.
The forecasters are predicting "substantial" flooding as water pours down on ground too wet to absorb it, or rivers and lakes that are already over flood stage.