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In pictures: Midwest under water

Residents reinforce levees using sandbags

People along the Mississippi River in the US Midwest have been desperately reinforcing 27 levees at risk of overflowing, as flooding threatens their towns.

Soldiers from the 168th Infantry Battalion of the Iowa National Guard help sandbag the levee near Kingston, Iowa

In Iowa, National Guard troops have been mobilised to help tackle the flood danger.

Volunteer Amish help to sandbag levees along the Mississippi River

In some areas, the local Amish community has been helping with the sandbagging.

Bob Hanner of Normal, Illinois, throws a sandbag over the top of a levee in Gulfport to help reinforce it

Despite the work of residents of Gulfport, Illinois, the levee there burst, sending torrents of water into the town.

Burlington, Iowa

The flood water left parts of Gulfport cut off from the neighbouring town of Burlington, on the Iowa side of the river.

A corn field is submerged in flood water near Oakville, Iowa

Upstream, the flooding has devastated crops, helping push the price of corn up to $8 (4) a bushel.

Employees and friends of the Cedar Rapids Piano Lounge help to remove debris

One of the worst-hit towns so far has been Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where residents are returning to tackle the damage.

David Eberle sorts through family photographs he saved in 1993 after returning to his flood-affected home

Some residents lived through record floods in 1993, only to be hit again this year.

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