Down­river Down­pour

Newsweek - - NEWS - HUY MACH

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.

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