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The Black River outside Poplar Bluff, Mo., overruns a levee along County Road 607, Monday, April 25, 2011. Several inches of heavy rain threaten to flood the southern portion of the county.

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Flood threat continues in Poplar Bluff, Branson

As thunder roared and tornado warning sirens blared, emergency workers in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff could do little Monday evening but hope against hope that the saturated levee holding back the Black River would survive yet another torrential downpour.

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