Pacific, Missouri— After days of downpours in the Mississippi and Ohio rivers region, numerous homes were overtaken by floodwaters on December 29. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had declared a state of emergency two days earlier, evacuating thousands. As of January 4, 31 people had died across Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas, and flooding was expected to spread farther south. Officials in Tennessee and Louisiana strengthened levees and placed sandbags in anticipation of overflow from the Mississippi River. In Memphis, Tennessee, Exxon Mobil decided to shut its 340,571-barrels-perday refined products terminal, just south of the city’s downtown.