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U.S. House of Representatives / Flooding
1:13 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

House panel backs $1B for flood project repair on Mississippi, Missouri rivers

A view of a levee break in Atchison County, Mo. off of the Missouri River on June 13.
(Courtesy Atchison County 911/Emergency Management on Facebook)

A House panel has approved $1 billion in emergency money to repair levees and other flood control projects damaged by the devastating flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen said billions of dollars more will be needed once full Army Corps of Engineers estimates are in for repairing breached levees and other flood control projects damaged by this year's devastating storms and floods.

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Morning Round-up
9:36 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

St. Charles County Executive Vetoes Smoking Ban Proposal

St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has blocked a countywide smoking ban proposal from going on the November 2012 ballot. Ehlmann said Tuesday that he vetoed the bill because it would have unfairly exempted casinos, cigar bars and certain hotel rooms.

The council in the St. Louis-area county voted 4-2 in favor of putting the ban on the ballot, with one opponent absent. It would take five votes to override the veto.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A view of the levee break in Atchison County, Mo. on June 13.
(Courtesy Atchison County 911/Emergency Management on Facebook)

Levee Break Sends Releases Torrents of Water

Crews are racing to build up a protective wall to keep floodwaters from reaching a small Iowa town after the swollen Missouri River punched a massive hole in the main levee that protects the community.

Two levees in northwest Missouri ruptured yesterday, sending water over rural farmland.

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Missouri River Flooding
2:19 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Holt County, Mo., reports Mo. River breach

A map of the state of Missouri highlighting, in red, Holt County, where the levee breach has been reported.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Updated 3:04 p.m. with changed breach size in Holt County.

Authorities in northwest Missouri say a Missouri River levee has breached in Holt County.

The Holt County breach is about 225-feet wide through a levee about five miles west of the town of Big Lake.

Holt County Clerk Kathy Kunkel said the breach is pushing water onto area agricultural land, and there are no current plans to fill the breach because it would not be safe.

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Missouri River Flooding
11:44 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Missouri River levee fails near Hamburg, Iowa

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.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs)

Updated at 2:07 p.m. with more details - new version of story from Associated Press.

Updated at 12:09 p.m. - see photos of the levee breach on the Atchison County 911/Emergency Management Facebook page.

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.

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Morning round-up
9:14 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, June 13, 2011

Minor flooding is predicted along the Mississippi River at St. Joseph, Mo.
Flickr/USACEpublicaffairs

Minor Flooding Expected this Week in Mo.

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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Missouri River Flooding
11:27 am
Fri June 10, 2011

At full flow, mighty Missouri puts on show

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.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/By Carlos J. Lazo)

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.

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Birds Point Levee
2:34 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Flooding stops at SE Mo. levee breach at Birds Point

A screen grab still frame of a video by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the second intentional levee blast near New Madrid, Mo. on May 3. The Corps says that water has now stopped flowing through the blasted section because the river has dropped.
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers video screen grab)

For the first time in more than five weeks, the Mississippi River has dropped low enough to stop flowing through a gap in a blown-up levee in southeast Missouri.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells The Associated Press that the river stopped flooding through the Birds Point levee Thursday.

It had been flowing through the gap since the corps blew a hole in the levee on May 2 to relieve flooding pressure on nearby Cairo, Ill.

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Missouri River Flooding
1:43 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Corps: Partial levee breach in Atchison County, Mo.

An aerial photo, taken June 6, of an earlier partial breach in a levee in Atchison County, Mo. Another partial breach has been reported today approximately 80 feet north of two previous breaches.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reporting a third partial breach in a Missouri River levee in Atchison County, Mo.

The corps says in a news release that the partial breach caused minimal damage because material from adjacent slopes filled in most of the opening. Workers were able to direct the flow away from the repaired areas of the levee.

Thursday's partial breach occurred about 80 feet north of two previous breaches near Hamburg, Iowa.

Economy
5:00 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Missouri River flooding compounding misery for Mo. farmers

Rising water levels on the Missouri River are expected to swamp hundreds of thousands of acres of crops and halt barge traffic. 

The threat of decreased crop acreage in the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri is driving prices for corn and soybeans on Wednesday.

Ron Plain is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri.  He says flooding along the Missouri River could be devastating for bottomland farmers. 

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