An aerial photo, taken June 6, of an earlier partial breach in a levee in Atchison County, Mo. Another partial breach was reported June 9 approximately 80 feet north of two previous breaches. Another breach has been reported today.
The rising Missouri River has ruptured two levees in northwest Missouri, sending torrents of flood waters over rural farmland toward the Iowa town of Hamburg and the Missouri state park and resort of Big Lake.
Minor flooding is expected along the Mississippi River in Missouri this week. In St. Louis, the river is slightly above flood stage at 30.5- feet, and expected to stay that way for the next four days.
There is a flood warning in effect towns from Quincy, Mo., down to Chester, Ill. until Sunday. National Weather Service meteorologist Butch Dye says the flooding is expected to remain minor, barring significant rainfall.
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Brig. Gen. John McMahon (right), commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, and Eric Stasch, the operations project manager at Oahe Dam, view one of the release tunnels at the Oahe Dam Stilling Basin near Pierre, S.D., June 8.
Updated at 2:41 p.m. with state of Missouri's preparedness.
The fast-moving Missouri River is making for spectacular displays at the dams that control its flow (see video below).
Hundreds of sightseers are turning out at Oahe Dam near Pierre, Garrison Dam near Bismarck, N.D., and other locations to see the thundering torrents as the Army Corps of Engineers releases water downstream. All the water must be moved along to make room for heavy rains in western states and snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains.