Floodwaters continue to creep higher across Illinois

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Hundreds of homes sit evacuated this morning in Iowa City, Iowa, the latest big town hit by the Midwest flood crisis.

More than a dozen buildings on the University of Iowa's campus have taken on water from the Iowa River. Possibly because of levee breaks downriver, the crest of the arrived earlier and lower than expected. Still, experts don't look for the river to start receding at Iowa City until later today.

Communities in southeastern Iowa are next as the water drains into the Mississippi River. Hundreds of Iowa National Guard troops are in Burlington, where people have started to get out.

Soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard expect to fill a-half million sandbags as they help fortify levees along a 15-mile stretch on their side of the swollen Mississippi near Quincy.

People in the little riverfront town of Columbus Junction, Iowa, put up a good fight in a losing cause against the river. The mayor says the community spirit and sandbagging efforts were "phenomenal." Despite days of shoring up the levee, the town was inundated. Downtown, including the hospital, water plant and senior center, are under 10 feet of water.

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