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Rivers still rising -- so is the damage

June 11, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Rising rivers wiped out an Iowa railroad bridge, flooded Illinois farmland and forced residents along the Mississippi River to prepare for what could be the worst flooding since 1993.

After fast-moving water in Waterloo, Iowa, swept away the railroad bridge, city officials closed five other bridges.

In nearby Cedar Falls, residents and downtown business owners prepared to evacuate as the Cedar River threatened to top a levee today.

In Wisconsin, engineers and contractors began repairing damage done when 267-acre Lake Delton overflowed and washed away three houses.

Levee breaks in southeastern Illinois flooded at least 50 square miles of farmland.

Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota suffered storm damage as well.

The National Weather Service predicted the Mississippi would crest at least 10 feet above flood stage over the next two weeks.

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