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CAPTION ONLY: BOYS HELP FORTIFY TOWN AGAINST FLOODS

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Roger Leasman and Jeremy Gerdiman cover sandbags with a plastic tarp Thursday in the Missouri River town of Defiance, Mo. Residents and volunteers are building sandbag walls as floodwaters threaten. Missouri has been virtually split in two by the flood of 1993. Surges on the swollen Missouri River, which cuts across the state's midsection, knocked out or closed all but one bridge for the more than 200 miles between Kansas City and St. Louis. And the waters continued to spill into rural towns. In some communities, it was the third round of flooding in the past two months. The only bridge still open across the Missouri was I-70 crossing near Rocheport, a small town smack in the middle of the state.