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.

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.

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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Claire McCaskill / Missouri River Flooding
4:26 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

McCaskill will watch Army Corps' management of Missouri River closely

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill says she and her colleagues will take a close look at the way the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing the Missouri River at the end of the flooding season.

Rising waters have already forced evacuations in the Dakotas and Iowa. The floods are due partly to the release of water from huge reservoirs located near the headwaters of the river.

McCaskill says every year, there are questions about the Corps' decision. But overall, she says the agency has done the right things this year.

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Missouri River Flooding
2:57 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Mo. gov. directs Guard to coordinate flood efforts

South Dakota National Guard soldiers build temporary ring dikes near in Fort Pierre, S.D., June 4. Water, pushed up from storm drains by the force of the rising Missouri River, was flooding the street and nearby buildings.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/By Carlos J. Lazo)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has directed the National Guard to coordinate efforts against flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries.

Nixon issued an executive order Wednesday allowing the Missouri National Guard to work with local police and emergency management agencies to ensure that people's homes and property are protected.

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Morning News Round-up
9:48 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Busch Stadium, the home playing field of the St. Louis Cardinals.The Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals will team up for an interleague series to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Cardinals, Royals to team up for series to benefit Joplin recovery

The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will be teaming up to help raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo. Missouri's two Major League Baseball teams are to meet for an interleague series June 17-19 in St. Louis.

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Missouri House of Representatives
3:51 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Mo. House panel formed after natural disasters

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A newly created House committee will examine whether a special legislative session is needed to assist in the recovery from a deadly tornado in Joplin and flooding in southeastern Missouri.

The House Interim Committee on Disaster Recovery was to make its recommendation by the end of July. The committee also was tasked with examining long-term recovery strategies and ways for Missouri to be better prepared for future natural disasters.

A report with those findings was to be submitted by the end of the year.

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Blunt on levees
3:20 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Blunt urges focus on infrastructure as floodwaters approach Missouri

Water surges from the open gates of the Oahe Stilling basin, located just north of Pierre, S.D. on June 5. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is worried about the number of levees that could be overtopped as the flood rushes downstream.
(via Flickr/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Carlos J. Lazo)

Mo. Republican Roy Blunt says he's carefully watching a wave of water that will make its way down the Missouri River over the next few days and is already forcing evacuations in Iowa.

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