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More rain and thunderstorms are forecast over the next few days for parts of Missouri and Illinois that don't have much room for any more water.
Northern Illinois has had as much as eight inches of rain since Tuesday night. That's adding water to about four rivers that feed into the Mississippi. And that could mean another round of crests for riverfront communities that have already been hammered this month.
Among places on levee-watch is Winfield, Missouri. The earthen structure there was barely holding up even before it started raining again, and its fragile state is showing increasing signs of collapse.
President Bush yesterday added 22 Missouri counties to the federal disaster declaration list, giving them access to federal funding for their recovery.
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