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Heavy rains across much of the central United States have caused intense flooding and left at least three people dead.

These striking photos from the Midwest show the extent of the floodwaters, which have consumed cars and buildings in cities along the Ohio River.

The Joe's Crab Shack in Louisville, Kentucky, sits surrounded by water along the Ohio River.
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The Joe's Crab Shack in Louisville, Kentucky, sits surrounded by water along the Ohio River.

This drone photograph shows a structure submerged by floodwaters in Louisville.
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This drone photograph shows a structure submerged by floodwaters in Louisville.

Floodwaters surround a home on February 22 in Lake Station, Indiana.
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Floodwaters surround a home on February 22 in Lake Station, Indiana.

The swollen Ohio River near Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on February 26.
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The swollen Ohio River near Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on February 26.

This drone photo shows flooding near downtown Louisville.
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This drone photo shows flooding near downtown Louisville.

Flooding along Riverbank Avenue on Monday in Plainfield Township, Michigan.
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Flooding along Riverbank Avenue on Monday in Plainfield Township, Michigan.

Emily Snyder teaches her daughter, Skyler, 4, how to row a boat as they check out their flooded home in Plainfield Township, Michigan, on Monday.
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Emily Snyder teaches her daughter, Skyler, 4, how to row a boat as they check out their flooded home in Plainfield Township, Michigan, on Monday.