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Levees hold overnight, but flooding still a threat

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) - A levee protecting the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff held overnight but officials are keeping a wary eye as waters from the Black River continue to spillover in several locations.
Deputy police chief Jeff Rolland said early Tuesday that river overran the levee in about 30 locations between Poplar Bluff and Qulin (KWIL'-in). He says it is a relief that the levee held overnight but that the region is "living inch by inch, hour by hour."
Rolland says officials rescued 59 people in 1½ hours late Monday after water spilled over the dam and inundated a section of Poplar Bluff.
Some 1,000 homes have been evacuated in the area. No deaths or serious injuries have been reported.

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