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BRIEF AND TO THE POINT
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(CNN) -- Mississippi River floodwaters on Friday breached a levee protecting farms and homes in Lincoln County, Missouri, just north of St. Louis.


Water pours through a levee break Friday in Lincoln County, Missouri, north of St. Louis.

Sheriff's deputies alerted residents to evacuate, yelling "get out, the levee broke" as they went door-to-door in the affected areas, according to an Associated Press report.

Winfield resident Debbie Halcomb, 52, heard warning sirens and knew her worst fears were realized, the AP reported.

"I was hoping it would hold, but it didn't," the AP quoted Halcomb as saying. "I think we probably lost it on this last bunch of rain."

The river had been forecast to crest at 37½ feet on Saturday, but late-night showers proved too much for the Pine Oak Levee to handle, and it broke around 5:30 a.m. Friday.

The Army Corps of Engineers had been fighting "down slides" that had occurred in two separate 100-foot-sections of the levee in the past several days. Down slides occur when portions of the earthen levee shift because of water seepage.

The Corps said that the Mississippi, having exceeded the original levee, was being held back by sandbags placed by volunteers and the National Guard.

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The Pine Oak Levee was the last one remaining in Lincoln County and was protecting about 100 homes. Almost 700 homes in the area have been damaged by floodwater.

President Bush on Wednesday declared 22 Missouri counties to be disaster areas. The declaration makes federal funding available to state and local governments for disaster-related damages

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Poor people do poor people things, and rich people do rich people things.

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

when you rob Paul to give to Peter ... ... ... you will always get Peters support!

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BRIEF AND TO THE POINT (OP)

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 Quoting: dalak

Wow what a mess.
Poor people do poor people things, and rich people do rich people things.

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

when you rob Paul to give to Peter ... ... ... you will always get Peters support!

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06/27/2008 11:32 AM
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What about St Louis?
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06/27/2008 02:10 PM
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 Quoting: dalak

Hey dalak!

While I saw everything firsthand before, during, and after Katrina. I'd never seen this particular video. Thanks for posting it. Still hard to watch, even today.

As for the people in St. Louis and surrounding areas...our prayers are with you. Seems like this is a neverending nightmare.
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06/28/2008 06:53 AM
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the flooding in Midwest is to clean all the poison monsanto and all their genetic engineering has done to the land. As long as they keep poisoning Americas land and food the storms will continue. this is indefinitely ... it's up to the people and the major food companies. If you notice Quaker Oats and General Mills has been destroyed too. .... If you want to survive ... STOP KILLING THE LAND AND THE PEOPLE...


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As river rushes into Mo. town, residents file out
A makeshift barrier holding back the Mississippi River failed early Saturday, swamping the low-lying part of the small community of Winfield and ending a valiant but ultimately doomed battle against the surging river.
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WINFIELD, Mo. —
A makeshift barrier holding back the Mississippi River failed early Saturday, swamping the low-lying part of the small community of Winfield and ending a valiant but ultimately doomed battle against the surging river.

About 300 National Guard soldiers worked nearly 20 hours to build a levee around a cluster of 100 homes in the flood plain after the river ripped through another levee there early Friday. Officials hoped the barrier would keep the water at bay long enough for it to recede.

It didn't. Still, those in the town of 720 people said they won't forget the heroic effort to try saving the neighborhood.

"I figured it was a long shot," said Jan Fox, 50, who finally left her mobile home Friday night when her power went out. She called the show of support overwhelming.

"It was wonderful, all the people who came, the sandbaggers, the military," she said.

Around town Saturday, gratitude for the last-ditch effort was mixed with a feeling of resignation. Many were ready to move forward.

"It was a valiant effort," said Chris Azar of the Winfield-Foley Fire Department. "It's unfortunate that we couldn't do more, but Mother Nature won. Now, just give it time for the water to recede."

At a Red Cross shelter at Winfield High School, the sound of hundreds of volunteers' shovels hitting sand and backhoes transporting sandbags had been a fixture for days. On Saturday lot was largely quiet, while National Guard troops slept on cots inside after working through the night. A handful of residents, like Fox, began to make plans to stay with family or friends to wait out the river rise.

The new barrier had a steel frame with layers of dirt, plastic and sandbags. But water began seeping below and through around midnight, and it was clear in the hours before sunrise it was not going to hold.

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Video pulled....unbelievable

edit: now it's back....weird
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I just have a small piece of advice for you boys,

DON'T LIVE IN THE FLOOD PLAIN OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER!!!!!
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Here is an idea.Spend some money on the infrastructure to make us safe.Make or roads and bridges safe.Make our levees so they don't fall apart.Fight crime and make our neighborhoods safe.Give us quality education and healthcare .Give us an efficient government without all the waste.Stop giving us third rate services at first rate prices.In other words,stop ripping us off to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.Make us more energy independent and don't waste trillions fighting a country that did not attack us.

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