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Thousands Homeless after Levee Fails in Poplar Bluff

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Residents leave their near flooded home in Butler County, Missouri on April 26, 2011. A levee on the Black River protecting the area from major flooding has breached in several places, forcing authorities to evacuate residents.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Residents leave their near flooded home in Butler County, Missouri on April 26, 2011. A levee on the Black River protecting the area from major flooding has breached in several places, forcing authorities to evacuate residents. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KMOX) – More than a thousand people are homeless, at least temporarily, in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff.

Three hundred of them have pitched their tents at the Black River Coliseum concert venue, where Reverend Gregory Kirk is helping to feed them.

“To tell you the truth, we just don’t need anymore volunteers. I know that sounds crazy to tell people we don’t need them,” Rev. Kirk comments. “We have so many people wanting to help we’ll run over each other.”

Kirk says all they really need at this point are prayers.

A full-scale levee breach could force the evacuation of some 6,000 homes around Poplar Bluff.

Currently 500 homes face destruction.


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