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UPDATE: Police: Levee protecting Mo. town breaches

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) -- A police officer says a levee protecting a southeast Missouri town from major flooding has breached and that authorities are planning to evacuate residents from more homes in the area.

Poplar Bluff police Officer Daron House said Tuesday that water is pouring through a crack in the levee on a road southeast of Poplar Bluff and that crews are looking into a report of a possible second breach.

He says water from the breach is pouring into a drainage ditch but that officials are concerned it could flood a wider area.

He says officials are planning to evacuate more homes. About 1,000 homes were evacuated Monday and some have been flooded by water from the Black River that has poured over the levee in about 30 locations.

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) -- Powerful storms that swept through the nation's midsection have pushed river levels to dangerous heights and are threatening to flood several towns in Missouri and elsewhere.

The storm system that brought a tornado that caused massive damage and killed four people in the Arkansas town of Vilonia on Monday was expected to move into Illinois and Wisconsin on Tuesday.

The system dumped 6 inches of rain on Poplar Bluff, Mo., on Monday, where the swollen Black River is pouring over a levee protecting the town from major flooding.

Poplar Bluff Deputy police chief Jeff Rolland said Tuesday that it's a "miracle" the levee has not breached and that crews helped sure up a vulnerable part of the levee overnight with sandbags.

About 1,000 homes in the area have been evacuated.

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