Unrelenting rain leads to more flooding in Midwest

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Jenny Maldonado, front, and Andrew Scheribel work to clear limbs and branches from the corner of Opechee Way and Nokomis Road in Fort Wayne, Ind., after a storm blew over a large tree Saturday, June 27, 2015. Storms with heavy rains and strong winds caused street and neighborhood flooding in some Indiana cities Saturday and knocked out power to several thousand homes and businesses. (Chad Ryan/The Journal-Gazette via AP)
A tree rests on a car near the intersection of West Jefferson Boulevard and Jackson Street in Fort Wayne, Ind., after it fell during a storm that packed high winds and heavy rainfall blew through the area on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Storms with heavy rains and strong winds caused street and neighborhood flooding in some Indiana cities Saturday and knocked out power to several thousand homes and businesses. (Chad Ryan/The Journal-Gazette via AP)
Five-year old Braxton Davis joined the work crew at Opechee Way and Nokomis Road in Fort Wayne, Ind., using his toy wheel barrow to remove leaves after a large tree fell in the front yard of his house at the Indian Village intersection. Storms with heavy rains and strong winds caused street and neighborhood flooding in some Indiana cities Saturday and knocked out power to several thousand homes and businesses. (Chad Ryan/The Journal-Gazette via AP)

A woman takes pictures of one of numerous trees that fell across Wayne Street in Fort Wayne, Ind., due to high winds from a storm that rumbled through the area on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Storms with heavy rains and strong winds caused street and neighborhood flooding in some Indiana cities Saturday and knocked out power to several thousand homes and businesses. (Chad Ryan/The Journal-Gazette via AP)

Sue Weaver, center, and Carly Paschen look at the damage at Weaver's house on Garden Street in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday, June 27, 2015, after a tree fell on her house due to high winds from a storm that rumbled through the area. Storms with heavy rains and strong winds caused street and neighborhood flooding in some Indiana cities Saturday and knocked out power to several thousand homes and businesses. (Chad Ryan/The Journal-Gazette via AP)
West Central residents look at and take pictures of damage on Wayne Street in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday, June 27, 2015, after a storm, packing high winds knocked several trees across the roadway onto cars and houses. Storms with heavy rains and strong winds caused street and neighborhood flooding in some Indiana cities Saturday and knocked out power to several thousand homes and businesses. (Chad Ryan/The Journal-Gazette via AP)
Sue Weaver, right, and John Myers watch as Carly Paschen uses a broken tree branch to attempt to disable the alarm in her car after a large tree fell during a storm and smashed the car Saturday, June 27, 2015, while it was parked in Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chad Ryan/The Journal-Gazette via AP)
An uprooted tree lies across a street in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday, June 27, 2015, after high winds from a storm blew it over and onto a parked car. Neighborhood residents and others walk around the trunk of the tree to look at and take pictures of the damage. (Chad Ryan/The Journal-Gazette via AP)
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, strengthening worries that already-serious flooding won't go away anytime soon.

It seems to be unrelenting: More rain is forecast for later this week in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, "possibly a lot," National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said Monday.

"It's a very wet late spring, early summer, and it doesn't look like it's going to end anytime soon," he said.

Buyouts since the massive flood of 1993 have removed thousands of homes from the floodplains of the Midwest, but the flooding has closed hundreds of roads and swamped thousands of acres of farmland.

Parts of Missouri saw nearly 2 inches of rain over the weekend. St. Louis has received 13.1 inches of rain this month, 9 inches above normal and setting a June record with two days left in the month. It's also the second-wettest of any month since official record-keeping began in 1874; in first place is 14.78 inches in August 1946.

Flood-weary towns scrambled to protect themselves. In southeast Missouri, dozens of people fled Dutchtown and Allenville as the Mississippi River neared a crest of 12 feet above flood stage. In northeast Missouri, the Fabius River spiked 10 feet above flood stage, topping sandbags on a levee and forcing about 100 residents of a mobile home park to evacuate in Taylor.

The storms also brought severe weather, with three tornadoes touching down Sunday about 70 miles northwest of St. Louis and a possible one in a St. Louis suburb.

Other rivers were overflowing, too. The Illinois River was around 10 feet above flood stage at several points in central Illinois, flooding roads and a few businesses in places like Beardstown, Meredosia and Peoria. The town of Peru called off its July Fourth fireworks show because of the flooding. And in southern Illinois, the Ohio River was climbing toward an expected crest 7 feet above flood stage Saturday at Cairo, drenching farmland in that area.

Northwest Indiana has been hit particularly hard during June. Agriculture experts said last week the state's corn and soybean crop has already been reduced by nearly $300 million. That was before up to 4 inches of weekend rain caused rivers and creeks to flood and prevented storm sewers from emptying into them, resulting in street flooding in Muncie, Portland and other communities.

The Wabash River was so high in Lafayette, Indiana, over the weekend that it blocked access to a hospital. The river was still more than 10 feet above flood stage Monday after dropping a foot from its crest Sunday.

And in southwest Michigan, the overflowing Kalamazoo River drenched Stryker Field, home of the minor-league Kalamazoo Growlers. It'll be several days before the field dries out, and the cost of the damage is not yet known. Flood warnings were issued for several waterways in southern Michigan.

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