Rain and snow in forecast for towns hit by Midwest flooding

(CBS News) SPRING BAY, Ill. -- On a good day, Spring Bay, Ill., has a great view of the Illinois River, but on a bad day, it's in the river. So this is a very bad day for Brad Rohman.

Brad Rohman
Brad Rohman
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We floated down Lake Street, past his restaurant.

"This is the only restaurant in town," he says. "And it's actually the last business left in this town."

It's a total loss, and 15 employees are out of work. Rohman says breaking the news to them was "real hard."

Parts of Illinois had 10 inches of rain in 10 days. A school bus virtually surfed its route near Chicago, and the water came up fast -- rising 13 feet in five days in Spring Bay, where Joe Greer watched from his deck.

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Forty-five homes in small town of Spring Bay, Ill., are under water.
Forty-five homes in small town of Spring Bay, Ill., are under water.
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"We didn't find out it was going to crest this high -- or was expected to crest this high -- until Thursday at 5 p.m.," Greer says.

Flood water tore barges from the moorings at Marseille, Ill., Monday morning and bunched them like twigs against a dam.

To the west, a 100-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is 10 to 12 feet above flood stage. At Clarksville, Mo., it went over the levees, submerging homes and recently drought-stricken farmland.

Back in Spring Bay, a town of 500, 45 homes are under water.

"I lost it a couple of times Saturday night and had a hard time," Rohman says. "It's just heartbreaking to look at it."

The Illinois River hasn't been this high in 100 years, but it could rise a foot more. Another inch to an inch-and-a-half of rain is in the forecast.

  • Dean Reynolds

    Dean Reynolds is a CBS News National Correspondent based in Chicago.

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