Severe Storms Swamp Midwest

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    June 27: Members of the Missouri National Guard erect a temporary wall of sandbags in an effort to save homes from rising floodwaters in Winfield, Mo. A section of an earthen levee holding back the Mississippi River broke Friday morning allowing floodwaters to flow through open field toward the homes.

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    June 27: Missouri National Guardsmen erect a temporary barrier in a furious effort to save homes from rising floodwaters in Winfield, Mo. Officials say burrowing muskrats brought down the saturated levee.

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    June 27: Members of the Missouri National Guard erect a temporary barrier in a furious effort to save homes from rising floodwaters in Winfield, Mo.

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    June 27: Members of the Missouri National Guard work to save homes from the rising floodwaters of the Mississippi River in Winfield, Mo.

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    June 27: Members of the Missouri National Guard erect a temporary wall in a furious effort to save homes from rising floodwaters in Winfield, Mo.

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    June 27: Onlookers try to get a look a hole in a levee far off in the distance in Winfield, Mo. A section of an earthen levee broke Friday morning, releasing Mississippi River waters that officials predicted will "ultimately inundate" part of the small town.

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    June 27: A man works to launch a boat from a car trailer on a flooded part of a road following a break in the town's levee in an already flooded area of Winfield, Mo.

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    June 27: Members of the Winfield Fire Department launch boats on a flooded part of the road following a break in the town's levee in Winfield, Mo.

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    June 27: Residents Henry James, left, and Herb Crosby sit on top of a house as they wait for the floodwaters to arrive after a levee break in Winfield, Mo.

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    June 27: Water rushes into a field as a levee breaks in the distant background in Winfield, Mo. Army Corps of Engineers dam safety chief Travis Tutka said muskrat holes caused the breach.

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    June 24: Lucy the terrier looks over the side of a canoe as she waits to paddle back to her home with owner John Pharis in South Shore, Mo.

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    June 24: John Pharis paddles his canoe back to his flooded house after making a trip to the grocery store in South Shore, Mo. Pharis' house is surrounded by floodwater from the Mississippi River, but he has been able to stay in the house because it sits high up out of the water.

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    June 24: Priscilla Wilson calls her dog Daisy back toward their house in South Shore, Mo. Wilson's house is surrounded by floodwater from the Mississippi River, but she has been able to stay in her home because it sits just high enough out of the water.

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    June 24: Priscilla Wilson walks through floodwater filled with muck and debris near her home in South Shore, Mo.

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    June 24: A mailbox sticks out of the water near a flooded corn field in St. Charles, Mo.

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    June 24: Justin Lackey sits on his stairs and looks at the floodwater from the Mississippi River surrounding his house in South Shore, Mo. The house was recently raised up so it has stayed mostly dry even though it is surrounded by water.

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    June 21: Mailboxes rise above the flood waters of the Mississippi River in Foley, Mo.

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    June 21: Foley Mayor Bill Thornhill and his wife, Chris, walk through town as the Mississippi River encroaches in Foley, Mo.

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    June 21: A flooded lounge chair holds a police line in place on the flooded south side of town in Foley, Mo.

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    June 21: A police line surrounds the flooded south side of town in Foley, Mo.

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    June 21: Resident John Watson is prepared for Mississippi River floods in Foley, Mo.

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    Deb Murphy goes through her china cabinet to see what mementos she can salvage in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday, June 20, 2008. Murphy's home is one of the closest to the river and was only approved for entry today. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    Jessica Ohlhauser looks through her soaked high school year book on the porch of her flooded home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Thursday, June 19, 2008. Because her house was so close the to the river, the water rose to the second floor and was only deemed safe to re-enter Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    An upside down garage lies on the curb in a still closed section of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Thursday, June 19, 2008. Officials continue to inspect buildings for safety as the water recedes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    Chris Kelly with the 183rd Air National Guard from Springfield, Illinois, rests on his cot in the gym at Quincy University Thursday June 19, 2008 after his shift helping fight the flooding Mississippi River near Quincy, Illinois. More than 500 Illinois Air National Guard are housed in Quincy University's Health and Fitness Center and are dispatched to help prevent the Mississippi river from flooding. (AP Photo/Quincy Herald Whig - Michael Kipley) (HW-Photo/Michael Kipley)

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    A theater in the flood zone displays a hopeful message in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Thursday, June 19, 2008. Flood-ruined carpeting and other items discarded are piled up on the sidewalk. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    June 19: President Bush waves as he boards Marine One prior to departing the White House in Washington to tour flood damage in Iowa.

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    June 18: An aisle at Jim's Foods sits in a muddy disarray after floodwaters receded in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 18: Candice Ribble pauses while tearing out wet linoleum and drywall at her house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 18: Green leaves on the top of a bush indicate the height flood waters rose in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 18: A resident adds to the growing mounds of flood-destroyed items sitting curbside in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 18: Dave Fraley, left, gives away grilled food and cold drinks for people passing through his flood-ravaged neighborhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 18: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, grabs a cell phone from Todd Hazelwood, a City of Springfield public works employee, during sandbagging operations at the Oakley-Lindsay Center in Quincy, Ill. Hazelwood was on the phone with his wife when the governor decided to chat with her as well and discussed Hazelwood's son's baseball game he was scheduled to play later that evening. Blagojevich was in Quincy to support volunteers as they filled sandbags to battle the rising Mississippi River.

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    June 18: Michael Childers scoops a load of flood-damaged material from the bathroom of his aunt and uncle's home on North Mapleton Street in Columbus, Ind.

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    June 18: Nine-month-old Jenna Eigsti takes a nap on a pile of freshly filled sandbags as her mother, Starla Eigsti, background center, and other Amish Mennonites work to fill sandbags at the Oakley-Lindsay Center in Quincy, Ill. Volunteers from throughout the region were at the center to fill sandbags as part of an ongoing effort to raise levees in anticipation of what was to be near-record crests of the Mississippi River. Eigsti said she and her family left Sedalia, Mo., at 4 a.m. and traveled to Canton, Mo., to aid workers there before heading to Quincy to assist other volunteers.

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    June 18: An Amish boy takes a break from filling sandbags to combat the floodwater from the Mississippi River at the Pike County Fairgrounds in Pleasant Hill, Ill.

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    June 18: Illinois correctional inmates cover a levee with plastic to hold back floodwater from the Mississippi River near Quincy, Ill.

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    June 18: This aerial view shows a break in the Indian Grave levee caused by floodwater from the Mississippi River north of Quincy, Ill.

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    June 18: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich looks at floodwater from the Mississippi River in a helicopter near Quincy, Ill.

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    June 18: Ron Frese and Nadine O'Brien take photos across the street from the rising Mississippi River as storm clouds loom over Quincy, Ill.

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    June 18: Isaac Taylor, 7, and Shakiya Taylor, 11, dump flood-damaged drywall onto a pile outside of their aunt and uncle's home in Columbus, Ind. This is the second flood the home has survived since being built.

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    June 18: Illinois Air National Guard members help fill sandbags along the Mississippi River in Quincy, Ill.

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    June 18: Illinois Air National Guard member Heather Richard of Peoria, Ill., helps fill sandbags along the Mississippi River in Quincy, Ill.

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    June 18: Illinois Air National Guard member Jeff Turner of Peoria, Ill., helps fill sandbags along the Mississippi River in Quincy, Ill.

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    June 18: A farm is flooded by the Mississippi River after the Indian Grave Drainage District levee broke north of Quincy, Ill., and south of the town of Meyer, Ill.

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    June 18: The Mississippi River rushes through a break in Indian Grave Drainage District levee north of Quincy, Ill.

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    June 18: The Mississippi River rushes through a break in the Indian Grave Drainage District levee north of Quincy, Ill.

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    June 18: The Mississippi River is shown after flooding the town of Meyer, Ill., after a failure in the Lima Lake Drainage District.

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    June 18: The Mississippi River is shown after flooding the town of Meyer, Ill., after a failure in the Lima Lake Drainage District.

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    June 18: Ken Schuetz, president of Town & Country Bank, walks through the lobby of the flooded bank in La Grange, Mo.

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    June 18: A flooded house is seen along the Mississippi River in La Grange, Mo.

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    June 18: Tony Jacobs uses a video camera to record flooding as he tours his town by boat in La Grange, Mo.

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    June 18: Dixie Kennedy, left, Debbie Franke, center, and Connie Tasco work to fill sandbags along the swollen Mississippi River in La Grange, Mo.

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    June 18: Employees of Jim's Foods clean up the entryway of the store after floodwaters receded in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 18: Jacob Willmott, left, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, tears apart the cashier's counter at Jim's Foods after floodwaters receded in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 18: The Rev. Peter Mahoye, pastor at the Believers of the New Covenant Pentecostal Church, surveys the flood damage as he holds up a mud-covered telephone receiver in his office in the basement of the church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 18: Members of the Believers of the New Covenant Pentecostal Church salvage items from the flooded church's basement in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 18: Larry Welp of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, watches as Jacob Willmott of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, takes apart the cashier's counter at Jim's Foods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 17: Piles of water destroyed items line the streets in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Floodwaters had dropped enough that officials let hundreds of people return to their damaged homes and businesses.

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    June 17: Keely Wells waits for another load of debris while helping to clean out the destroyed Cedar Rapids Piano Lounge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Business owners were allowed downtown today to start the cleaning and inventory process.

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    June 17: Judy Polumbaum walks through floodwaters after retrieving a few belongings and inspecting her flooded home in Iowa City, Iowa. Although floodwaters from the Iowa River have receded, standing water is still in dozens of homes in the neighborhood.

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    June 17: Shawn Kiene looks over a water-logged yearbook to see if it is salvageable while cleaning out the first floor of her house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Behind Kiene, on the wall, the flood level is visible where the water stripped the dark stain from the wood. Residents were allowed back into their houses Tuesday after they had been cleared by inspectors; houses that are still covered in water are still off limits for those residents.

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    June 17: The Mississippi River overflows its banks in Burlington, Iowa. The federal government predicts that 27 levees could potentially overflow along the river if the weather forecast is on the mark and a massive sandbagging effort fails to raise the level of the levees.

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    June 17: Judy Polumbaum retrieves a few belongings and inspects her home in Iowa City, Iowa. Although floodwaters from the Iowa River have receded, standing water is still in dozens of homes in the neighborhood.

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    June 17: A pig, which turned up several miles downstream of flooded hog barns near Oakville, Iowa, walks across the levee to sandbags and safety near Kingston, Iowa.

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    June 17: Workers pile sandbags atop a levee in an effort to hold back a surging Mississippi River in Canton, Mo. Officials in Canton said flood preparations would end Tuesday in anticipation of Wednesday's predicted 27.5-foot crest.

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    June 17: A line on a fire hydrant shows the high water mark along the Mississippi River in Burlington, Iowa. A levee break across the river in Illinois caused water levels to drop and the river to recede Tuesday morning.

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    June 17: David Eberle separates, sorts and lays water-soaked photos out to dry on the lawn of his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "All you can do is save what you can, and keep the memories you have," said Eberle. In Cedar Rapids, where 24,000 people were evacuated when floodwater submerged about 1,300 city blocks, more people were being allowed to return to their homes Tuesday.

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    June 16: An angry resident that tried to drive around a security checkpoint is stopped by one police officer, right, while another tries to break his window to extract him in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Frustrated residents expected to return to their homes today but the hazards encountered by inspection teams were deemed unsafe for the general public.

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    June 16: Jim Pechota moves his son's BMX trophies from his flooded basement to the curb for disposal in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 15: Diane Stanek, right, clutches the arm of her father Vince Fiala as he expresses his frustrations to a police officer about not having access to his home outside a checkpoint in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The strike team had not yet declared any homes in the area safe for residents to enter and tensions were quickly rising.

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    June 15: Russ Ogden watches over pumps that are keeping water out of his mother Dolores Ogden's home in Davenport, Iowa. Family members built a wall around the home, where Dolores has lived since 1951, and removed the furnace and water heater.

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    June 15: As hail and rain pounds down, Russ Kozak of New London, Iowa, transports a load of sandbags up the Mississippi River to a team of sandbaggers reinforcing the river levee that protects the town of Gulfport, Ill. Muddy conditions and approaching water made it necessary for boats to help deliver the sandbags.

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    June 15: Mel Novak, right, gets his first look inside his flooded home as his son, Rick Novak, holds the door open in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Authorities allowed residents to enter their flooded homes for the first time on Sunday after floodwater from the Cedar River began receding.

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    June 15: Coast Guard Petty Officer second class Kevin Saak, left and Petty Officer third class Matt Baker view flood damage in Coralville, Iowa.

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    June 15: A statue is partially submerged outside a futon store on a flooded street in Coralville, Iowa.

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    June 14: Sisters Caycee, left, and Caytie Ribble are reunited with their pets Oreo the cat and Dusty the rabbit in Cedar Rapids,Iowa. Their mother and her boyfriend returned to their house through waist-high water for the first time since Wednesday to rescue the animals.

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    June 14: Floodwater from the Cedar River covers a large area in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 14: The last working water well serving Cedar Rapids is seen in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 14: Workers throw sandbags on an emergency levee in Des Moines, Iowa. A breach in the levee forced workers to later leave the area.

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    June 14: Mud cakes a utility truck as flood waters start to recede on the Cedar River.

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    June 14: Volunteers work to fill sandbags along the Iowa River in Iowa City, Iowa.

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    June 13: Rising flood waters are seen in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 12: Steve Shriver ,left, and Billy Valencia, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, kayak through moderate currents down a flooded street in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 12: William Kimpton, left, and Ben Walker, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wade through floodwaters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 12: As river levels rise in the Des Moines River and the Racoon hundred of citizens volunteer to fill sandbags at Union Park in Des Moines, Iowa.

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    June 12: From right, Iowa Cubs employees Ross Claussen, hands a sandbag to Adam Vick, as Ryan Sinclair, center, watches on in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

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    June 12: Members of the Cedar Rapids Fire Department use a boat to navigate flooded streets in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 12: A view of downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa shows widespread flooding.

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    June 12: Flood waters surround freight cars on a bridge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 12: Water surrounds large portions of downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 12: Water surrounds large portions of downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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    June 10: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, left, pitches in by stacking sandbags at the Indiana Department of Transportation Vincennes District.

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    June 10: These young men form a sandbag line while volunteering to reinforce a wall along the Iowa River.

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    June 9: Steven Coker caries his thirteen-year-old dog Ralphie to dry land in New Hartford, Iowa. Coker had left his dog overnight after he evacuated his home on Sunday night, but went back to get him later.

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    June 8: A firefighter carries belongings as resident Michelle Tanga is seen in the kitchen of her destroyed home, after a storm passed through the city.

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    June 8: Residents dig out in the Omaha, Neb. suburb of Millard, after a storm passed through.

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    June 8: Storm clouds hover over the Omaha suburb of Millard

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    June 8: A cloud formation moves over Oconomowoc, Wis. as the state contends with heavy rains, wind damage and areas of flooding.

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    June 8: Rescue workers evacuate Joseph, 14, and Julia, 17, Sallazo, foreground, and Nick Vliegenthart, center rear, from the Sallazo home near Racine, Wis. because of flooding.

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    June 8: John Tingey, of Iowa City, prepares to throw a sandbag while volunteering along Normandy Drive in Iowa City, Iowa.

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    June 8: Jim White Sr. pulls a canoe through his flooded yard along Taft Speedway in Iowa City, Iowa.

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    June 8: Aubrey Ekblad, 16, retrieves some items from the place where her families two car garage stood in Delta Township in Eaton County.

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    June 7: A child is carried through a flooded yard to high ground as the overflowing Bluff Creek forces evacuations in Indianapolis.

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    June 7: Several trucks are overturned in the aftermath of a severe storm on Interstate 57 in Will County, Illinois.

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    June 7: Mike Coy paddles a kayak around the flooded streets of Franklin, Ind.

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    June 7: Flood waters rise around the businesses at the Pilot Truck stop in Indianapolis.

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    June 7: Volunteers build a wall of sandbags across Interstate 40 near West Terre Haute, Ind.

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