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Mississippi overflows levees, crops threatened

Breaking Earth News
Midwest, USA
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An aerial photograph shows the railroad tracks completely covered by floodwaters from the Mississippi River, bringing train traffic to a halt just East of Burlington, Iowa, June 18, 2008. The swollen Mississippi River ran over the top of at least 12 more levees on Wednesday, as floodwaters swallowed up more U.S. farmland, adding to billion-dollar losses and feeding global food inflation fears. REUTERS/Ron Mayland (UNITED STATES)
In Photos: Catastrophic Flooding in Midwest

FORT MADISON, Iowa (Reuters) - The swollen Mississippi River ran over the top of at least 12 more levees on Wednesday, as floodwaters swallowed up more U.S. farmland, adding to billion-dollar losses and feeding global food inflation fears.

Volunteers and aid workers were piling sandbags up and down the most important U.S. inland waterway to try to protect more levees and thousands of acres of prime crop land threatened as the river's crest moves south after last week's torrential rains.

About 10 levees were breached earlier this week, bringing the total to 22 on Wednesday. The levee breaches lowered the river level by letting water spill onto the surrounding land.



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