Midwest flooding

(NBC NEWS)It is the start to what will be a very difficult and in some places dangerous weekend.

Millions from the Midwest, through the northeast dealing with storms – that have caused major flooding that has taken at least three lives.

Tonight, the Mississippi river is so out-of-control. Some sections have been closed to water traffic.

“This is the worst that I’ve seen it,” said Barbi Garza of North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Violent storms spawning tornadoes hail and driving rains in areas already soaked — pushing creeks lakes and rivers past their banks.

Crews and residents scrambling to build sandbag and concrete barriers.. But the water is still forcing its way in.

“You can’t seal it up completely, we have seepage, and they got pumps running 24 hours a day,” said Davenport, Iowa resident Dave Cozad.

But there is too much water to pump in many places. Roadways and neighborhoods are flooded from Texas to Michigan.

In some areas the water coming-in so fast the only way out is by boat.

“I think three to four feet within less than ten minutes.” Said Rebecca Nicke of Davenport.

Davenport, Iowa has been swallowed by the Mississippi river. Downtown washed-out.

“In previous years it’s been a little bit but nothing like this. This is crazy,” one Davenport resident said.

Forecasters say the storms will continue to cause problems as they move through the northeast.

While the clean-up begins in places they’ve already been.