Soaked Midwest Braces for More Rain, Snow

Missouri levee holds, but weather disrupts flights, Easter services
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2008 1:10 PM CDT
Because of the flooding, many churches canceled their Good Friday services.   (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
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(Newser) – Residents of the nation’s heartland are celebrating Easter weekend besieged by floods and snowstorms, which expected to keep hitting Missouri, Michigan, and Wisconsin, the AP reports. Forecasters predict up to 12 inches of snow for the Ohio Valley, while other areas remain soaked thanks to a foot of rain in just 36 hours, and more still to come.

Missouri residents were relieved when floodwater crests failed to breach their new earthen levee. But the wild weather, which has already claimed 16 lives, forced airlines to cancel more than 450 flights and churches to shutter planned Good Friday services. In Ohio, Cleveland had 7 inches of snow this morning, just two weeks after getting buried with 12 inches.