Missouri floods, again

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Flooding along the St. Louis riverfront has closed a casino for the third time this year. And the boulevard that runs in front of the Gateway Arch is again closed by high water.

Missouri officials say hundreds of roads and highways have been closed by flooding throughout the state as rivers, swollen by heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ike, leave their banks. Forecasters say some cities and towns will see the water crest 15 feet or more above flood stage by tomorrow or Thursday.

At least 40 people in 10 states have died in severe weather caused by Hurricane Ike and its remnants.

The violent weather blacked out more than two million homes and businesses across the Midwest, most of them in Ohio.

In Louisville, Kentucky, utility officials say it could be two weeks before service is fully restored.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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