Communities fight cresting floodwaters

Those who were fighting floods in several communities along the Mississippi River were mostly successful Sunday despite the onslaught of water, but an ominous forecast and the growing accumulation of snow in the upper Midwest tempered any feelings of victory.

The surging Mississippi was at or near crest at several places from the Quad Cities south to near St. Louis — some reaching 10-12 feet above flood stage. Problems were plentiful: hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland swamped as planting season approaches; three people dead; roads and bridges closed, including sections of major highways such as U.S. 61 in Iowa and Missouri and crossings at Quincy, Ill., and Louisiana, Mo.

The forecast calls for heavy rain Monday night and Tuesday throughout much of the Midwest.

— Associated Press

Five die in Ariz. van crash: Five people died after the van they were traveling in rolled over in southern Arizona as it was being pursued by Border Patrol agents, authorities said. Rural/Metro Fire spokesman Willie Treatch said 22 people were in the van when it rolled over Saturday night between Tucson and Benson, Ariz. Seventeen other people in the van were taken to hospitals for treatment. Their injuries are unknown.

An aerial view of flooding in LaGrange, Mo. (Craig Ruttle/AP/Missouri Department of Public Safety)

Memorial set for firefighters in Tex. blast: Firefighters among the 14 people who died in a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Tex., are set to be honored at a memorial service this week, while some of the city’s residents have been allowed to return home for the first time since the disaster. Ten firefighters and emergency medical personnel, along with two residents who were helping to fight a fire at Adair Grain’s West Fertilizer, were among those killed after the plant exploded April 17. The blast injured 200 people, flattened 50 homes and destroyed an apartment complex and two schools.

Search for teen in Ore. woods suspended: The search for an Oklahoma teenager who set out to test himself against the wilderness in southeastern Oregon has been suspended until conditions improve. Sheriff Dave Glerup of Harney County, Ore., said Sunday that no search is planned until weather improves and snow begins to melt, allowing searchers to comb Steens Mountain. Dustin Self, 19, has been missing a month.

— From news services