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MLB says robot home plate umpires unlikely for 2025

2024-05-24 05:08 Last Updated At:05:11

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says robot home plate umpires are unlikely for 2025.

“We still have some technical issues,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday at a news conference following an owners meeting. “We haven’t made as much progress in the minor leagues this year as we sort of hoped at this point. I think it’s becoming more and more likely that this will not be a go for ’25.”

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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, displayed on a video monitor, speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says robot home plate umpires are unlikely for 2025.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred arrives at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred arrives at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

MLB has been experimenting with the automated ball-strike system in minor leagues since 2019. It is being used at all Triple-A parks this year for the second straight season, the robot alone for the first three games of each series and a human with a challenge system in the final three.

“There’s a growing consensus in large part based on what we’re hearing from players that the challenge form should be the form of ABS if and when we bring it to the big leagues, at least as a starting point,” Manfred said. “I think that’s a good decision.”

After instituting a pitch clock in 2023, MLB slowed innovation this year, with only small rules adjustments.

“One thing we did learn with the changes that we went through last year: taking the extra time to make sure you have it right is definitely the best approach,” Manfred said. “I think we’re going to use that same approach here.”

Manfred said discussions have not taken place with the players' association on the shape of an automated strike zone. There is little desire to call the strike zone as defined in the rule book as a cube. The ABS currently calls strikes solely based on where the ball crosses the midpoint of the plate, 8.5 inches from the front and the back.

“We have not started those conversations because we haven’t settled on what we think about it,” Manfred said.

MLB's meetings with players revealed a preference for a challenge system in order to continue to incentivize catcher framing skills.

“Originally we thought everybody was going to be wholeheartedly in favor of the idea if you can get it right every single time, that’s a great idea,” Manfred said. “One thing we’ve learned in these meetings is the players feel there could be other effects on the game that would be negative if you use it full-blown.

“Players feel that a catcher that frames is part of the — if you’ll let me use the word — art of the game, and that if in fact framing is no longer important, the kind of players that would occupy that position might be different than they are today," Manfred said. “You could hypothesize a world where instead of a framing catcher who’s focused on defense, the catching position becomes a more offensive player. That alters people’s careers. Those are real, legitimate concerns that we need to think all the way through before we jump off that bridge.”

John Slusher, Nike's executive vice president of global sports marketing, spoke to owners about the company's much-criticized new uniforms, which will be altered for 2025. MLB and Nike announced on May 3 that uniforms will have larger lettering on the back of jerseys and individual pants customization will be available to all players beginning in 2025.

“I think they appropriately took responsibility for the issues with respect to the new uniforms and the rollout of those uniforms,” Manfred said. “It’s the first time the owners had had heard this directly from Nike. They had been consistent with me about taking responsibility.”

Manfred said Nike said it will address "the letters, the non-customized pants, the sweat through and the lack of matching of the grays."

Manfred said Houston, Miami, San Juan and Tokyo will be sites for the 2026 World Baseball Classic. The final will be in Miami for the second tournament in a row, after 2023.

MLB has switched efforts to develop a tackier baseball and now is working with Rawlings, its supplier since 1977. MLB had been collaborating with Dow Chemical.

“Dow has kind of cried uncle,” Manfred said. “They spent a ton of money and worked with us. They were great partners, had a lot of good ideas and we just were not able to come up with a ball that was playable. We’re now focusing our efforts on a tacky ball with the Rawlings people.”

MLB is working on a broadcast strategy to cope with the decline in cable television.

Diamond Sports, which has been in bankruptcy proceedings since March 2023, has rights to 12 MLB teams.

“If I were a betting man, I think that Diamond continues to operate and pay our teams through the ’24 season,” Manfred said.

Manfred said there are two issues: whether MLB should take control of local rights from clubs and if that occurs, how to distribute revenue to clubs.

“For it to have any steam, the conversation about nationalization, I think it’s dependent on getting in the relatively short term some body of rights: 14, 15, 16, 17 clubs, and you’d start down the path from there,” Manfred said. "I’m not so naive as to believe two weeks from tomorrow I’m going to have all 30.”

The strikeout rate of 8.38 per team per game is down from 8.61 last year and the .240 big league batting average is down from .248 for last season and on track to be the lowest since 1968.

“Strikeout rate was down a little bit. That’s a positive,” Manfred said. “Batting average was down a little bit. That’s not necessarily a good thing if you’re looking for action in the game. But, again, it’s a part of a season and you just don’t know whether it means anything at this point."

Manfred said the attention given to the debuts of Baltimore second baseman Jackson Holliday and Pittsburgh pitcher Paul Skenes was partly due to the decision to hold the amateur draft in conjunction with the All-Star Game starting in 2021 and broadcasting minor league games on MLB.tv.

“Over the long haul for players in terms of developing their individual brands, it’s a real improvement,” he said.

After moving the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver because of Georgia enacting a more restrictive voting rights law, MLB in November awarded the 2025 game to Truist Park. “One of the things we’ve learned over time is that the more we stay out of political issues, the better off we are,” Manfred said. “People like their sports separate from their politics. We got a fan base that’s all over the political spectrum and the safest thing for us to do is focus on baseball.”

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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, displayed on a video monitor, speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, displayed on a video monitor, speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred arrives at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred arrives at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks at a press conference following an owners meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

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Midwestern flooding collapses a bridge, forces evacuations and kills at least 2

2024-06-25 07:33 Last Updated At:07:40

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) — Flooding in the Midwestern U.S. killed at least two, collapsed a railroad bridge and sent water surging around a dam Monday after days of heavy rains that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate or be rescued from rising waters.

An Illinois man died Saturday while trying to go around a barricade in Spencer, Iowa, Sioux City's KTIV-TV reported Monday.

The Little Sioux River swept his truck away, according to a news release from the Clay County Sheriff's Office provided to the station. Officials found the vehicle in the treeline but weren't able to recover his body until Monday because of dangerous conditions.

At least one person died in South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem has said without providing details.

The flooding brought added misery to parts of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota during a vast and stubborn heat wave. In some communities hit by flooding, the temperature Monday afternoon approached 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).

More than 3 million people live in areas touched by flooding, from Omaha, Nebraska, to St. Paul, Minnesota. Storms dumped huge amounts of rain from Thursday through Saturday, with as much as 18 inches (46 centimeters) falling south of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, according to the National Weather Service.

Places that didn't get as much rain still had to contend with the extra water moving downstream. More rain is forecast, and many streams may not crest until later this week as the floodwaters slowly drain down a web of rivers to the Missouri and Mississippi. The Missouri will crest at Omaha on Thursday, said Kevin Low, a weather service hydrologist.

“I’ve never had to evacuate my house,” Hank Howley, a 71-year-old North Sioux City, South Dakota, resident said as she joined others on a levee of the swollen Big Sioux River, where the railroad bridge collapsed a day earlier. “We’re on the highest spot in town. But what good is that when the rest of the town is flooded? It makes me nervous.”

The bridge connected North Sioux City, South Dakota, with Sioux City, Iowa, and fell into the Big Sioux River around 11 p.m. Sunday, officials said. Images on local media showed a large span of the steel bridge partially underwater as floodwaters rushed over it.

There were no reports of injuries from the collapse. The bridge’s owner, BNSF Railway, had stopped operating it as a precaution during the flooding, spokesperson Kendall Sloan said. The railroad said the bridge was used by only a few trains per day and did not expect rerouting to have a significant impact.

The Big Sioux River stabilized Monday morning at around 45 feet, over 7 feet higher than the previous record, Sioux City Fire Marshal Mark Aesoph said.

In North Sioux City, the South Dakota Department of Transportation built a berm Sunday night across Interstate 29 to stem flooding, temporarily blocking the major route. In other areas where the interstate remained open, water crept toward the road. Howley, who has lived there for 33 years, said she has a growing concern over more frequent severe flooding around I-29.

The flooding has, over the course of days, damaged roads and bridges, shuttered or destroyed businesses, required hospitals and nursing homes to evacuate, and left cities without power or safe drinking water, the governors of Iowa and South Dakota said.

“I just keep thinking about all this stuff I’ve lost and maybe the little things I could recover that we put up high,” said Aiden Engelkes in the northwestern Iowa community of Spencer, which imposed curfews during flooding that surpassed a record set in 1953. “And then I think about where my friends are, because their stuff is also gone.”

Over the weekend, teams from Iowa's natural resources department evacuated families with children and a person using a wheelchair from flooded homes, director Kayla Lyon told reporters. Gov. Kim Reynolds said the department conducted 250 water rescues on Saturday.

“At one point we had 22 conservation officers doing water rescues, navigating some pretty nasty current," Lyon said.

Outside Mankato, Minnesota, the local sheriff's office said there was a “partial failure" of the western support structure for the Rapidan Dam on the Blue Earth River after the dam became plugged with debris. Flowing water eroded the western bank.

Eric Weller, emergency management director for the Blue Earth County sheriff, said the bank would likely erode more, but he didn't expect the concrete dam itself to fail. The only two homes downstream have already evacuated.

A 2019 Associated Press investigation into dams across the country found that the Rapidan Dam was in fair condition and there likely would be loss of property if it failed. A pair of 2021 studies said repairs would cost upwards of $15 million, and removal more than $80 million.

In Spencer, Engelkes still wasn't able Monday to get back into his apartment on the first floor of a building close to the Des Moines River, nor could he go to work at a flooded chicken hatchery.

He spent more than seven hours Saturday in a friend's fourth-floor apartment, waiting to be rescued by a boat, his 2013 Chevy SUV under roiling waters except for a bit of its antenna. Rescuers broke a window in a second-floor stairwell, and almost 70 people crawled out, volunteers ferrying them away by boat in fours and fives.

Engelkes and his girlfriend left with a bag of clothes, three cats in a carrier, and a kitten his girlfriend carried in her shirt. Their apartment had about 4 feet (1.2 meters) of water, but they hope to still reclaim electronics they placed higher. They're now staying with his mother on higher ground.

About 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of Spencer, in Rock Valley, Deb Kempema lost her home decor store, First Impressions, after a river levee broke.

It was “7,000 square feet of very pretty, pretty things. And it’s all gone,” she told KELO-TV.

While power outages were minimal in the affected states Monday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.us, south of Rock Valley, water surrounded the power substation in Correctionville, causing an outage.

President Joe Biden has been briefed by his homeland security team about the Iowa flooding, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency had personnel on the ground there, the White House said.

Fingerhut reported from Des Moines, Iowa, and Hanna from Topeka, Kansas. Contributing to this report were Associated Press journalists Josh Funk in Omaha, Nebraska; Summer Ballentine in Columbia, Missouri; Seung Min Kim in Washington; Christopher L. Keller in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Scott McFetridge, in Des Moines, Mike Phillis in St. Louis, and Mark Vancleave in Mankato, Minnesota.

Missy Wheeler carries a basket while helping her mother-in-law Sheila Wheeler, back, evacuate her home on Whitcher Avenue, in Sioux City, Iowa's Riverside neighborhood Monday, June 24, 2024. Evacuations were occurring n the wake of flooding from the Big Sioux and Missouri Rivers. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Missy Wheeler carries a basket while helping her mother-in-law Sheila Wheeler, back, evacuate her home on Whitcher Avenue, in Sioux City, Iowa's Riverside neighborhood Monday, June 24, 2024. Evacuations were occurring n the wake of flooding from the Big Sioux and Missouri Rivers. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

A collapsed section of Northshore Drive in McCook Lake, South Dakota is shown Monday, June 24, 2024. Floodwater from the Big Sioux River created a sinkhole, collapsed the road and heavily damaged several homes. Residents of the Sioux City metro area living in low-lying areas or along a river were spending Monday, evacuating and working to protect property from widespread flooding of the Big Sioux and Missouri Rivers. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

A collapsed section of Northshore Drive in McCook Lake, South Dakota is shown Monday, June 24, 2024. Floodwater from the Big Sioux River created a sinkhole, collapsed the road and heavily damaged several homes. Residents of the Sioux City metro area living in low-lying areas or along a river were spending Monday, evacuating and working to protect property from widespread flooding of the Big Sioux and Missouri Rivers. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Tam Nguyen, wearing cap, is helped to dry land by a Sioux City Fire Rescue firefighter after he and Bruce Ege, left, were rescued by boat from their flooded homes in the Riverside neighborhood of Sioux City, Iowa, Monday, June 24, 2024. The evacuations were occurring in the wake of flooding from the Big Sioux and Missouri Rivers. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Tam Nguyen, wearing cap, is helped to dry land by a Sioux City Fire Rescue firefighter after he and Bruce Ege, left, were rescued by boat from their flooded homes in the Riverside neighborhood of Sioux City, Iowa, Monday, June 24, 2024. The evacuations were occurring in the wake of flooding from the Big Sioux and Missouri Rivers. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Heavy rains cause high water levels at the Rapidan Dam near Mankato, Minn., Monday, June 24, 2024. Officials say the dam is threatened with “imminent failure.” (AP Photo/Mark Vancleave)

Heavy rains cause high water levels at the Rapidan Dam near Mankato, Minn., Monday, June 24, 2024. Officials say the dam is threatened with “imminent failure.” (AP Photo/Mark Vancleave)

Heavy rains cause high water levels at the Rapidan Dam near Mankato, Minn., Monday, June 24, 2024. Officials say the dam is threatened with “imminent failure.” (AP Photo/Mark Vancleave)

Heavy rains cause high water levels at the Rapidan Dam near Mankato, Minn., Monday, June 24, 2024. Officials say the dam is threatened with “imminent failure.” (AP Photo/Mark Vancleave)

Hank Howley, 71, stands on the banks of the Big Sioux River in North Sioux City, S.D., Monday, June 24, 2024, after evacuating her home due to flooding. (AP Photo/Margery A. Beck)

Hank Howley, 71, stands on the banks of the Big Sioux River in North Sioux City, S.D., Monday, June 24, 2024, after evacuating her home due to flooding. (AP Photo/Margery A. Beck)

A railroad bridge connecting North Sioux City, S.D., with Sioux City, Iowa, is seen partially collapsed into the Big Sioux River due to flooding on Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Margery A. Beck)

A railroad bridge connecting North Sioux City, S.D., with Sioux City, Iowa, is seen partially collapsed into the Big Sioux River due to flooding on Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Margery A. Beck)

This photo provided by Sioux City Fire Rescue shows Sioux City Fire Rescue's Urban Search and Rescue team assists in evacuating Rock Valley, Iowa due to a breached levy on Saturday, June 22, 2024. (Kevin Maloney/Sioux City Fire Rescue via AP)

This photo provided by Sioux City Fire Rescue shows Sioux City Fire Rescue's Urban Search and Rescue team assists in evacuating Rock Valley, Iowa due to a breached levy on Saturday, June 22, 2024. (Kevin Maloney/Sioux City Fire Rescue via AP)

This photo provided by Sioux City Fire Rescue shows Sioux City Fire Rescue's Urban Search and Rescue team assists in evacuating Rock Valley, Iowa due to a breached levy on Saturday, June 22, 2024. (Kevin Maloney/Sioux City Fire Rescue via AP)

This photo provided by Sioux City Fire Rescue shows Sioux City Fire Rescue's Urban Search and Rescue team assists in evacuating Rock Valley, Iowa due to a breached levy on Saturday, June 22, 2024. (Kevin Maloney/Sioux City Fire Rescue via AP)

This image provided by Sioux County Sheriff shows City of Rock Valley, Iowa on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent helicopters to the small town to evacuate people from flooded homes Saturday, the result of weeks of rain, while much of the United States longed for relief from yet another round of extraordinary heat.(Sioux County Sheriff via AP)

This image provided by Sioux County Sheriff shows City of Rock Valley, Iowa on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent helicopters to the small town to evacuate people from flooded homes Saturday, the result of weeks of rain, while much of the United States longed for relief from yet another round of extraordinary heat.(Sioux County Sheriff via AP)

Volunteers toss sandbags into the bucket of a loader that will take them to be used to reinforce a berm on the northeast side of Jefferson, South Dakota, Sunday, June 23, 2024. The sandbag effort is an attempt to keep floodwaters from the Big Sioux River from inundating the town. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Volunteers toss sandbags into the bucket of a loader that will take them to be used to reinforce a berm on the northeast side of Jefferson, South Dakota, Sunday, June 23, 2024. The sandbag effort is an attempt to keep floodwaters from the Big Sioux River from inundating the town. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Onlookers watch as docks at the Missouri River Boat Club in Sioux City, Iowa, are battered by Big Sioux River floodwaters Sunday, June 23, 2024.(Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Onlookers watch as docks at the Missouri River Boat Club in Sioux City, Iowa, are battered by Big Sioux River floodwaters Sunday, June 23, 2024.(Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

An archery range is closed off due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall, Saturday, June 22, 2024, in Lincoln County, S.D. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

An archery range is closed off due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall, Saturday, June 22, 2024, in Lincoln County, S.D. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

This image provided by Sioux County Sheriff shows City of Rock Valley, Iowa on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent helicopters to the small town to evacuate people from flooded homes Saturday, the result of weeks of rain, while much of the United States longed for relief from yet another round of extraordinary heat.(Sioux County Sheriff via AP)

This image provided by Sioux County Sheriff shows City of Rock Valley, Iowa on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent helicopters to the small town to evacuate people from flooded homes Saturday, the result of weeks of rain, while much of the United States longed for relief from yet another round of extraordinary heat.(Sioux County Sheriff via AP)

Highway 18 is underwater after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area, Saturday, June 22, 2024 in Canton, S.D.. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

Highway 18 is underwater after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area, Saturday, June 22, 2024 in Canton, S.D.. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

Riverdale Park is underwater in Eastern Sioux Falls, S.D. Saturday, June 22, 2024, after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

Riverdale Park is underwater in Eastern Sioux Falls, S.D. Saturday, June 22, 2024, after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

A road is closed off due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall, Saturday, June 22, 2024, in Lincoln County, S.D. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

A road is closed off due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall, Saturday, June 22, 2024, in Lincoln County, S.D. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

This photo provided by Sioux City Fire Rescue shows Sioux City Fire Rescue's Urban Search and Rescue team assists in evacuating Rock Valley, Iowa due to a breached levy on Saturday, June 22, 2024. (Kevin Maloney/Sioux City Fire Rescue via AP)

This photo provided by Sioux City Fire Rescue shows Sioux City Fire Rescue's Urban Search and Rescue team assists in evacuating Rock Valley, Iowa due to a breached levy on Saturday, June 22, 2024. (Kevin Maloney/Sioux City Fire Rescue via AP)

This image provided by Sioux County Sheriff shows City of Rock Valley, Iowa on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent helicopters to the small town to evacuate people from flooded homes Saturday, the result of weeks of rain, while much of the United States longed for relief from yet another round of extraordinary heat.(Sioux County Sheriff via AP)

This image provided by Sioux County Sheriff shows City of Rock Valley, Iowa on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent helicopters to the small town to evacuate people from flooded homes Saturday, the result of weeks of rain, while much of the United States longed for relief from yet another round of extraordinary heat.(Sioux County Sheriff via AP)

Volunteers stack sandbags at Central Park in Hawarden, Iowa, Saturday, June 22, 2024, in the wake of flooding from the Big Sioux River. Massive upstream rainfall sent the river over its banks in Hawarden causing massing flooding that prompted evacuations. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Volunteers stack sandbags at Central Park in Hawarden, Iowa, Saturday, June 22, 2024, in the wake of flooding from the Big Sioux River. Massive upstream rainfall sent the river over its banks in Hawarden causing massing flooding that prompted evacuations. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Water flow dangerously under the Falls Park Dr bridge at Falls Park in Sioux Falls, S.D., Saturday, June 22, 2024, after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

Water flow dangerously under the Falls Park Dr bridge at Falls Park in Sioux Falls, S.D., Saturday, June 22, 2024, after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

A person holds a dog while being evacuated in the bucket of a front end loader in Hawarden, Iowa, Saturday, June 22, 2024, in the wake of flooding from the Big Sioux River. Massive upstream rainfall sent the river over its banks in Hawarden causing massing flooding that prompted evacuations. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

A person holds a dog while being evacuated in the bucket of a front end loader in Hawarden, Iowa, Saturday, June 22, 2024, in the wake of flooding from the Big Sioux River. Massive upstream rainfall sent the river over its banks in Hawarden causing massing flooding that prompted evacuations. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Falls Park is submerged Saturday, June 22, 2024, after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

Falls Park is submerged Saturday, June 22, 2024, after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

Many families embark on Falls Park in Sioux Falls, S.D., as water rose quickly Saturday, June 22, 2024, after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

Many families embark on Falls Park in Sioux Falls, S.D., as water rose quickly Saturday, June 22, 2024, after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

This image provided by Sioux County Sheriff shows City of Rock Valley, Iowa on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent helicopters to the small town to evacuate people from flooded homes Saturday, the result of weeks of rain, while much of the United States longed for relief from yet another round of extraordinary heat.(Sioux County Sheriff via AP)

This image provided by Sioux County Sheriff shows City of Rock Valley, Iowa on Saturday, June 22, 2024. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent helicopters to the small town to evacuate people from flooded homes Saturday, the result of weeks of rain, while much of the United States longed for relief from yet another round of extraordinary heat.(Sioux County Sheriff via AP)

A resident kayaks through floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall, Saturday, June 22, 2024, in Canton, S.D. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

A resident kayaks through floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall, Saturday, June 22, 2024, in Canton, S.D. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

Volunteer Teri Moreland ties the top of a sandbag while helping fill sandbags at the Jefferson Community Center in Jefferson, South Dakota, Sunday, June 23, 2024. The sandbagging is an attempt to save homes and keep floodwaters from the Big Sioux River from inundating the town. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Volunteer Teri Moreland ties the top of a sandbag while helping fill sandbags at the Jefferson Community Center in Jefferson, South Dakota, Sunday, June 23, 2024. The sandbagging is an attempt to save homes and keep floodwaters from the Big Sioux River from inundating the town. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

A home is surrounded by floodwaters, Saturday, June 22, 2024, south of Brandon, S.D., after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

A home is surrounded by floodwaters, Saturday, June 22, 2024, south of Brandon, S.D., after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

A 6-year-old from Washington blocks a water jet with his head while cooling off in a water feature at Georgetown Waterfront Park, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A 6-year-old from Washington blocks a water jet with his head while cooling off in a water feature at Georgetown Waterfront Park, Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Husets Speedway is underwater after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area, Saturday, June 22, 2024 , south of Brandon, S.D.. Several campers needed to be rescued due to quickly rising water. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

Husets Speedway is underwater after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area, Saturday, June 22, 2024 , south of Brandon, S.D.. Several campers needed to be rescued due to quickly rising water. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

A South Dakota Highway Patrol Officer keeps watch over a flooded bridge that was underwater after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area, near Lake Alvin, S.D., Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

A South Dakota Highway Patrol Officer keeps watch over a flooded bridge that was underwater after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area, near Lake Alvin, S.D., Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

South Cedar Street is underwater after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area, Saturday, June 22, 2024, south of Canton, S.D. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

South Cedar Street is underwater after days of heavy rain led to flooding in the area, Saturday, June 22, 2024, south of Canton, S.D. (AP Photo/Josh Jurgens)

Sweltering temperatures persist across the US, while floodwaters inundate the Midwest

Sweltering temperatures persist across the US, while floodwaters inundate the Midwest

Sweltering temperatures persist across the US, while floodwaters inundate the Midwest

Sweltering temperatures persist across the US, while floodwaters inundate the Midwest

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