Midwest Flooding

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Thousands of people are out of their homes in the Midwest, fleeing rivers spilling over banks from heavy rain.

Missouri has a state of emergency in effect. National Guard troops are mobilized. There are warnings that the region could see floods almost as bad as those of 1993.

Communities across the central Plains are facing flooding from weekend thunderstorms -- the storms that spawned a deadly tornado that wiped out Greensburg, Kansas.

Parts of Missouri, Iowa and Kansas have been drenched by up to eight inches of rain in 24 hours. Runoff is still filling streams and rivers.

The 1993 flood was one of the most costly and devastating in U-S history. It was caused by melting snow combined with heavy rain over a two-month period.

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