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Deadly flooding swamps Midwestern states

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A road is submerged during flooding along the Mississippi River north of Clarksville, Mo., on April 21.

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Sgt. First Class Nathan Jeffries of the Missouri National Guard 3175th MP Company from Warrenton, Mo., places sandbags on a trouble spot in a temporary levee on April 22, in Clarksville, Mo. The swollen Mississippi River has strained a hastily erected makeshift floodwall in Clarksville, creating trouble spots that volunteers were scrambling to patch.

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A section of U.S. 150 remains closed in Moline, Ill., by flood waters from the Rock River on April 22. As of 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, the Rock River was at 16.4 feet and falling. Flood stage is 12 feet.

By Matthew DeLuca, Staff Writer, NBC News

Heavy river flooding in six Midwestern states that forced evacuations, shut down bridges, swamped homes and caused at least three deaths was at or near crest in some areas Sunday evening.

Rivers surged from the Quad Cities to St. Louis on Sunday. Hours earlier, National Guardsmen, volunteers, homeowners and jail inmates pitched in with sandbagging to hold back floodwaters that closed roads in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Continue reading.

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Heavy equipment is used in the effort to reinforce a temporary levee on April 22, in Clarksville, Mo.

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Richard Conttrell sits on the front porch of his riverfront home and looks out at the flooded Mississippi River on April 22, in Clarksville, Mo.

Jim Young / Reuters

Household items are seen submerged in water in front of a house after flooding in Fox Lake, Ill., on April 22. The Fox River is expected to crest after heavy rains brought flooding to the area last week.