Midwesterners fight deadly spring floods (AP)

Ervin 'Smitty' Smith, uses a boat to ferry customers to his bar, Saturday, March 22, 2008 in New Athens, Ill. Much of the flooding in Illinois was in sparsely populated areas, but several dozen people were evacuated from their homes in Murphysboro on Saturday, said Patti Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. (AP Photo/The Belleville News-Democrat, Zia Nizami)AP – As floodwaters pushed against the Valley Park levee, Tracy Ziegler pushed a cold beer toward one of his customers at Meramec Jack’s bar and grill. Like many residents of this small Meramec River town, Ziegler had been confident the new levee would pass its first test.