Flooding in downstate Illinois
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has activated the National Guard to help with flooding in southern Illinois. Heavy rains have caused the Mississippi River to rise 12 feet above flood stage. Here are images of the flooded areas downstate. Watch a video about one of the downstate flood victims here.
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Fishing the floodwaters
Zach Vetter, 15, fishes in flooded Commerce, Mo., near the Mississippi River, with brother Cameron Vetter, 11, (center) and friend Joseph Knight, 16, (rear). After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created a levee break to relieve the potential for flooding in urban centers upstream, Mississippi River water flowed into Missouri farmland, and into Commerce, Mo.
See a video of Vetter describing the experience.