The Midwest Rainfall

June 27th, 2008 - 12:33 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Three days of rainfall in the Midwest are leading to predictions of higher crests for some cities along the Mississippi River.

Certain parts of northeast Missouri were drenched by more than 8 inches of rain over the past three days, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re looking at projected rainfall through Sunday and it is of concern to us,” said Glenn Cannon,

The weather have killed at least 24 people, flooded more than 3.4 million acres of land and caused billions of dollars of damage to crops.

FEMA has paid about $115.2 million to homeowners in Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Nebraska to help them recover from the flooding and severe weather, agency spokeswoman Elizabeth Childs.

Clarksville, Missouri, Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said her city needed the declaration because it had already spent about 25 percent of its $400,000 annual budget fighting the flood.

Floods contributed to $8 billion of damage to the nation’s crops in the first half of the year, the American Farm Bureau estimated in its June Market Update. About half of that was in Iowa and $1.3 billion was in Illinois, according to a farm bureau statement.

In Missouri, where more than 100,000 acres of farmland are submerged, agricultural losses are about $900 million and rising, said Kelly Smith.’We were only at about 90 percent of the corn and 50 percent of the soybeans planted” when the floods hit the state, Smith said. In St. Louis, a crest of 38.7 feet is expected by June 30, according to the National Weather Service. ‘Things are going to get a little worse before they get better,’Miller said.

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