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Heavy rains in the central United States have caused levees to breach along the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers, placing thousands of people and homes in danger. 80 Mississippi River flood gauges running through 10 states, from North Dakota to Louisiana, are indicating major flooding, the highest category. Parts of Oklahoma and Kansas have seen 15 to 20 inches of rain in the end of May, which is 300% to 400% of the normal amount. The biggest concern is the unprecedented pressure that the flooding has put on the levees. The Army Corps of Engineers plans on opening the Morganza Floodway, which is designed to divert excess floodwater from the Mississippi River to the Atchafalaya Basin.
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