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Missouri, Kansas clean up from latest round of storms

May 22, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Parts of Missouri and Kansas are cleaning up from severe storms that churned up tornadoes and caused renewed flooding concerns.

River levels were again rising Wednesday along rivers and creeks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that about 50 levees will be overtopped. Earlier rounds of flooding caused dozens of levee breaches.

The latest deluge closed highways in 17 Kansas counties, along with more than 330 Missouri roads. Amtrak also suspended train service Wednesday and Thursday along a route between St. Louis and Kansas City because of congestion and flood-related delays.

The flooding came after storms damaged buildings in a wild animal park Tuesday in Missouri before rumbling through downtown St. Louis. Funnel clouds were reported near St. Louis, but damage was minimal. On Monday, another storm system demolished a racetrack grandstand.

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