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In pictures: Flooding in central US

Residents watch rising floodwaters in Miamitown, Ohio

Three days of heavy rain have prompted the US National Weather Service to issue flood and flash flood warnings from Texas to Pennsylvania.

Submerged car in Joplin, Missouri

Worst hit are Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.

Man paddles boat in flooded street near Joplin, Missouri

The US Coast Guard has helped rescue people trapped in their homes and cars.

Jessica Peter in a shelter in Jasper, Indiana

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes.

Closed road in Evansville, Indiana

Roads have become totally impassable in many areas.

Blocked road in Rogersville, Missouri

The authorities say a big problem has been people driving into floodwater.

Joe Kiefer, a member of the Valley Park high school baseball team, throws sandbags onto a pile near the levee, built to hold back floodwaters in Valley Park, Missouri

Areas at risk of flooding have been constructing defences.



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