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Heavy rains over the past couple of weeks have rivers rising all across the Upper Midwest, flooding homes, swamping fields and washing out roads.

Fans hum 24/7 as Laura Westra tries to dry out her sopping-wet basement in the small town of Rock Valley, Iowa.

The nearby Rock River, in the northwest corner of the state, swelled last week wider and deeper than anyone can remember.

"We've lived here 45 years, and this is the first time we had water in the basement," Westra says.

Prolonged winter weather could delay spring storms

Mar 17, 2014
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Weather forecasters say prolonged cold temperatures over the winter could cause this year's spring storm season to get off to a late start as it takes longer for water in the Gulf of Mexico to warm up.

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Gov. Jay Nixon is requesting a federal major disaster declaration for severe storms that struck Missouri from May 29 to June 10.

Strong storms are blamed for power outages, hail and lightning damage in Missouri.

Storms caused multiple outbreaks of severe weather most of Sunday from Kansas to Minnesota.

Joplin residents are getting an extra layer of security in storms thanks to their approval last week of a $62 million school bond issue.

The same storm that produced tornadoes in Harrisburg, Illinois and Branson, Missouri also struck  rural Stoddard County, Missouri. The National Weather Service confirmed the level EF - 03 tornado left a 21 mile stretch of destruction from Puxico to Bell City. As KRCU’s Jacob McCleland reports, residents are now sorting through the wreckage … and beginning to put their lives back together.