ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Strong thunderstorms have brought heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.
The storms early Tuesday dumped up to 7 inches of rain, causing many streams and creeks to flow out of their banks. Dozens of roads were closed, including sections of U.S. 36 near Hannibal, Mo., U.S. 61 at the Iowa-Missouri border and U.S. 63 near Kirksville, Mo.
The worst of the damage appeared to be in Hannibal, Mark Twain's hometown. Emergency director John Hark said swollen creeks and overburdened drainage systems caused flooding at several homes and businesses, including a day care center, where 15 children were safely evacuated.
The Mississippi River was rising sharply and was back above flood stage at several towns in the three states.
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