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Deadly storms hit Midwest

Derik Holtmann / Belleville News-Democrat via AP

A pedestrian crosses flooded Illinois state route 161 in Belleville, Ill., April 18, 2013, after a quarter mile stretch of the road was quickly covered in water from heavy rains that were too much for the storm drains to handle.

Much of the Midwest has been affected by a big spring storm that left flooding in Illinois. Residents in Gurnee, Ill., said it's the worst flooding they've seen in a decade and officials are warning it could be a week or two before flood levels significantly drop.  NBC's John Yang report.

NBC News reports:

A massive and deadly weather system carrying potentially severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and possibly even tornadoes was soaking the nation’s midsection on Thursday, with flash floods reported in Chicago and heavy rain expected to cause major flooding along the Mississippi River. The weather was said to be responsible for two deaths.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency across Illinois as thousands of people struggled with flood damage even as another wave of wet weather was on the way.


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