Sandbagged: Midwest Still Dealing with Floodwaters

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Record spring flooding is still paralyzing parts of the Midwest. Residents are bracing themselves as more rivers are close to cresting, while in other areas floodwaters are just beginning to recede.

A week after the flooding started, the waters are still standing in may places, like one neighborhood in northern Illinois.

Farmers say it's still too wet to plant and to expect lower yields when they do.

Families everywhere are dealing with precious memories turned to trash.   

"I raised my daughters in this house and my grandkids," flood victim Erin Henry said. "They've been coming over since they were little," she said, her husband adding, "…since they were born -- yeah, a lot." 

"It's pretty heartbreaking, like the first load I picked up was a wedding dress," Illiniois resident Nick said.  "You know you see families up crying.  It's pretty hard."

The floods have also proven dangerous. In Michigan, fast-rising waters turned into rapids, almost sweeping one couple away in their canoe.

Along the Mississippi, waters are still rising and flood warnings are being issued extend up and down the river from Wisconsin to Louisiana.

They're catching drivers off guard.

"It was over my seat," another flood victim, Mimi Vidrine, said. " I was sitting crisscross in my seat and my behind started getting wet."

In Indiana, the Wasbash River is threatening to beach levees.

"We've been sandbagging all morning," one person said. 

And in the Dakotas, a mix of snow and warm temperatures could bring the Red River to near record levels.
   
"What's going to be happening, temperatures in the 70s snow melting, rapidly melting," said AccuWeather's Bernie Rayno. 

And believe it or not, sequestration budget cuts may put some communities in danger of flooding at an even greater risk. The government will soon shut down more than 100 gauges that warn of imminent flooding.

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