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A house is seen with floodwater up to its roof Tuesday in Mississippi County, Mo. Twenty-five Missouri farmers are suing over the intentional flooding of their farmland and homes.

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Missouri levee blast eases threat to Illinois town

The dramatic, late-night demolition of a huge earthen levee sent chocolate-colored floodwaters pouring onto thousands of acres of Missouri farmland Tuesday, easing the threat to a tiny Illinois town being menaced by the Mississippi River.

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