Entire Towns Under Water, Levees Breached, 50 Homes Destroyed by Histori...

As floodwaters continue to move downstream Thursday, some communities hit hard by the flooding found some relief while others prepare for the onslaught in a historic event that has hit several states.

Storms and heavy rainfall that began over the weekend triggered flooding that has forced the closure of hundreds of roads in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois and shut down a major waterway.

The floods have been blamed for at least nine deaths, according to the Associated Press. An 18-month-old Arkansas girl is missing after being swept away by floodwaters and is presumed dead.