As the flooding threat moves further south down the Mississippi, residents fear the worst and public officials work overtime to keep communities safe.
Lisa Sidosk says the water rises behind her house every day. “Each morning when I come outside, it’s up another six inches,” she says.
To date, 30 people in four states have died from the flooding.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says low spots in the levee are a huge concern.
“If the levees are breached in low-lined spots—that is where the water will go immediately and very quickly,” Rauner says, adding that flood water moves extra fast this time of year. “This time of year isn’t normal to have floods,” he explains. “The water behaves differently. The ground is harder, it’s a little firmer, and we‘ve had so much rain already this year that any water is going to move fast.”
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The cold temperatures of the water are making this flood particularly dangerous.
“If we were to have a catastrophic failure or a failure at any portion of the river, the water is going to come in quickly and this isn’t your swimming pool water,” says Phil McCarty, an emergency management official. “This water is frigid ice-cold water, and you’re not going to be able to swim out of it.”
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