Illinois levee breach forces small town's evacuation

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Meyer, Ill. (AP) There has been another levee breach in the Midwest and this one has forced the evacuation of the Western Illinois town of Meyer.

Adams County Emergency Management Agency Spokeswoman Julie Shepard says water breached the levee this morning and is starting to rise. It's mainly threatening farmland.

Shepard says the town has already been evacuated and authorities are patrolling this morning to make sure nobody is left behind. Only about 40 to 50 people live in Meyer.

Other Mississippi river towns in Illinois and Missouri are facing flooding that began in eastern Iowa and worked its way downstream.

Authorities rescued people by helicopter, boat and four-wheeler yesterday after a levee broke and inundated Gulfport, Illinois.

Sandbagging is already under way in Clarksville, Missouri, a historic artists' town of 500 people.