Morning round-up
9:19 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Army Corps of Engineers is increasing the amount of water released from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota this week, so the Missouri River will rise even more in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Jay Woods)

Another Levee Breach in Northwestern Mo.

A new levee breach in northwestern Missouri threatens to close yet another section of Interstate 29.

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Missouri River - Mississippi River - flooding
3:14 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Corps of Engineers expects no major flooding near St. Louis

Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers' St. Louis District, Col. Tom O’Hara.
(Screen capture via YouTube/TeamSaintLouis)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will release even more water from the Gavins Point Dam this week. But in spite of these record high flows on the Missouri River, the Corps does not expect major flooding in the St. Louis area this summer.

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Claire McCaskill
12:30 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

McCaskill seeking answers from Army Corps of Engineers

Sen. Claire McCaskill wants to make sure the Army Corps of Engineers' priorities are not being distorted by considerations other than protections of life and property.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

As volunteers and residents in Holt and Atchison counties in northwest Missouri continue sandbagging to keep the rising Missouri River at bay, Sen. Claire McCaskill is looking for answers from the Army Corps of Engineers.

 McCaskill says she feels the frustration and anger of residents living in the small communities that have been ordered to evacuate, and wants the Army Corps of Engineers to explain the motivating factor for releasing water from reservoirs upriver when they did.

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Nixon seeks to ensure sand for flood fighting
2:48 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Nixon orders more sand for flood-fighting in Missouri

Levee breach in Atchison County, Missouri, on June 13, 2011.
(Photo courtesy Atchison County Emergency Management)

The state of Missouri is poised to help some of the towns along the Missouri River who may be running out of sand for sandbags.

Governor Jay Nixon is ordering the State Emergency Management Agency to help those fighting flooding along the Missouri River to obtain more sand.  At Nixon's direction, SEMA has identified additional suppliers that could provide sand if local supplies are exhausted or running low.

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Missouri River Flooding
3:59 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Extent of Missouri River flooding near St. Louis to depend on summer rainfall

(National Weather Service map/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Above: A National Weather Service map of projected flooding along the lower Missouri River, based on an average amount of summer rain, falling in a concentrated time period. This map assumes a river elevation of 37 feet at St. Charles, three feet below the 1993 record. Flood stage at St. Charles is 25 feet. Click here to see a larger version of the map.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers says we can expect only minor flooding along the lower Missouri River if we get average rainfall through August - but, a stormy summer could change all that.

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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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