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Flooding continues to threaten some Southern Illinois areas

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As rains subsided in the metro-east, flooding continued to threaten other areas in Southern Illinois and southeast Missouri, according to the National Weather Service.

Reports of water rescues and submerged vehicles near West Frankfort, Benton and McLeansboro were posted to a social media account that tracks fire department activity in the region.

A flash flood warning remained in effect Saturday night for Illinois counties including White, Hardin, Wayne, Wabash, Pope, Edwards, Saline, Hamilton and Gallatin. In Missouri, Crawford, Iron, Jefferson, Ste. Genevieve, Reynolds, Madison, Washington and St. Francois counties remained under a flash flood watch.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency in order to make resources available for flooding response, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sunshine was expected to return on Sunday.

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