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Volunteers work to place sandbags atop a temporary levee to fight back floodwaters as lightning from a thunderstorm is seen in the background Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in Dutchtown, Mo. Powerful storms that swept through the nation's midsection have pushed river levels to dangerous heights and are threatening to flood several towns in Missouri.

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Levees strain in Midwest; volunteers keep fighting

Twelve hours into a sandbagging shift, and working through a driving storm punctuated by lightning and loud claps of thunder, Casey Lee wasn’t ready to quit. Not until the makeshift levee protecting tiny Dutchtown in southeast Missouri was up and ready.

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