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Farmers fighting the flood

As the rising Missouri River closes in on the small southwest Iowa town of Hamburg, local farmers are taking matters into their own hands.

On June 5, a breech or "boil" occurred in the levee along the Missouri River a few miles south of Hamburg, in Atchison County, Missouri, near Bob Woltemath's farm. Basically, the water began running through the bottom of the levee, causing a 10- to 15-foot long section to collapse on itself. The collapse did stop the flow of water from the river, but the levee was compromised.

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Facebook informs, organizes flood victims

As the southwest Iowa town of Hamburg braces for a flood expected to cause major damage there, residents are turning to Facebook to find -- and offer -- help.

My husband grew up in Hamburg, my mother-in-law still lives just east of town (away from the flood threat), and we spend a lot of time there. One of our favorite summertime activities is floating down the Nishnabotna River -- which runs on the east side of Hamburg -- with our friends.

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