Midwest floods continue

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GRAND TOWER, IL – The governor of Illinois is declaring 12 counties disaster zones as the Mississippi and Ohio rivers crest several feet above flood stage, sending water into towns and homes. Governor Bruce Rauner toured the damage in Grand Tower, Illinois just south of St. Louis one day after activating the state’s National Guard to help with recovery efforts as needed.

The flooding was caused by more than 10 inches of rain that fell over a three-day period beginning last weekend.

Authorities say at least 24 deaths across the country have been caused by the floods and governor Rauner is reminding people to be safe, saying, that hypothermia should be a concern.

Alton, Illinois along with St. Louis, Missouri is one of the hardest hit areas, and water levels aren’t expected to go down until early next week.