Flood Still Keeping Residents from Home

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People in Missouri and Illinois braced for the Mississippi river to crest in St. Louis Monday.

And while some places still face the threat of flooding, others have started to clean up.

Some people are being forced to make tough decisions about their future.

But the end is in sight.

Forecasters predict the Mississippi River will start to recede this week but the damage has already been done.

Flooding in the Midwest has claimed the lives of at least 24 people since late May.

Flooded towns and cities from Wisconsin to Indiana and forced more than 38,000 people out of their homes. People like Sharon and Ken Meyers from Winfield, Missouri, who now call a nearby state park "home."

"We'd like to have a hot bath," Sharon Meyers said.

The great flood of 2008 drove them to the great outdoors in search of safety on dry ground. They're not sure how much longer they'll have to stay, but Sharon says after this her camping days are over.

"I used to love camping, but since this happened I don't want to go camping anymore," Meyers said.

Clean up has begun in Iowa, where 83 of the 99 counties are disaster areas.

"It's tough to see your city like this. It's devastating, but rather than sit still, it's good to get out and help," volunteer James Burke said.

After the cleanup comes the rebuilding and recovery, which last week, Iowa's governor said is a process that could take years.

Some lifelong residents who've gone through this before, are already hinting they may not return.

But the impact of the floods goes far beyond the communities it hit.

Corn and livestock prices hit record highs last week because of midwestern farmers who've lost millions of acres of land, racking up multibillion-dollar losses that could raise world food prices.

The government is pledging aid. FEMA has disaster relief centers open from Missouri to Minnesota and President Bush asked Congress for nearly $2 billion in aid.

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John Jessup

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