"The Mighty Missouri River: the Flooding and the Damage Done"

"The cost of America's quiet billion dollar disaster in the Upper Midwest keeps rising as floodwaters decline."

"Shortly before Memorial Day, a summer of unprecedented flooding from Montana to Missouri along the Missouri River started washing away interstate highway lanes and swamping rail lines as it routed thousands of people from their homes.

Flooding continues this Labor Day weekend and is expected not to end for several more weeks. As the water recedes, the extent of damage from three months of flooding is showing up.

In cities such as Pierre, South Dakota's capital, the receding floodwaters have left behind sinkholes in roads and parks and begun to reveal widespread damage to storm sewer systems, public softball fields and a city golf course."

David Bailey and David Hendee report for Reuters September 3, 2011.

Source: Reuters, 09/05/2011