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Missouri River flooding
5:27 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Major flooding possible along Missouri River this summer

Current water elevations on the Missouri River climb near a temporary emergency levee at Fort Pierre, S.D. on June 4.
(Via Flickr/USACEPublicAffairs/By Carlos J. Lazo)

Cities and towns along the Missouri River should begin preparing for major flooding in the next few weeks, according to federal officials.

The high water levels on the Missouri in the upper Great Plains are being blamed on a near-year’s worth of rainfall in a few week’s time -- and 140 percent more snowfall in the areas of the Rocky Mountains adjacent to the Missouri River basin.

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Birds Point Levee
5:08 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Nixon asks Army Corps to speed approval of temporary Birds Point levee

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The construction plan for a temporary levee at Birds Point got a gubernatorial boost today.

Beginning on May 2, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the levee at Birds Point on to relieve pressure on a strained Mississippi River system. The breech covered about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland with water.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, June 6, 2011

A contractor packs down mud to strengthen the levee and a berm of sandbags line local residential and businesses to help contain the rising Missouri River in Pierre, June 1, 2011.
Flickr/SDNG photo by OC Chad Carlson

Second Breach on Missouri River Reported

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported the first breach on the levee near the Missouri-Iowa border yesterday. The second breach, which is about 10 feet wide, was reported this morning.

The corps says the Iowa National Guard has been dropping thousands of pounds of large sandbags to help fill the breaches, but the damaged areas are expected to fully breach as water levels rise.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, June 3, 2011

PIERRE, S.D. – A contractor packs down mud to strengthen the levee and a berm of sandbags line local residential and businesses to help contain the rising Missouri River in Pierre, June 1, 2011.
Flickr/(SDNG photo by OC Chad Carlson)

Flooding in Mo. Imminent According to Gov. Nixon

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri is gearing up for imminent and "unprecedented" flooding along the Missouri River.

Nixon said Thursday in St. Joseph that Missourians will face flooding soon along the Missouri River because of rising water levels in the river basin in the northern Plains. He says people with property and businesses in the floodplain should prepare for "unprecedented high water levels."

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Missouri River Flooding
4:06 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Missouri National Guard preparing for state-wide Missouri River flooding

A map of the Missouri River. Flooding is expected at levee points across the state of Missouri over the next month.
(via Wikimedia Commons/DEMIS Mapserver/Shannon 1)

Reporting from KXCV's Kirk Wayman was used in this report.

The Missouri National Guard is now involved in flood preparations along the Missouri River, which is expected to overflow levees at points across the state for at least the next month.

The Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a series of releases in South Dakota starting this  week that will bring water flows into the Missouri River up to twice the amount of previous releases.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 2, 2011

A better idea of damage done at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport can be seen as daylight arrives in St. Louis on April 23. The airport was closed after a tornado hit the airport on April 22. The damage could take up to a year to fully repair.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Mo. Officials Preparing for More Flooding

Mother Nature is challenging Missourians again. With flooding likely along the Missouri River, Gov. Jay Nixon and other officials are heading to St. Joseph today to discuss preparations.

Seasonal flooding along the Missouri is being worsened this year as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases historic amounts of water from upstream dams in the Dakotas. Officials in northwestern Missouri's Atchison and Holt counties have already put residents in flood-prone areas on alert to evacuate as needed.

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Flooding
6:35 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Heavy rainfall increases potential for isolated flooding in Mo.

A wall of sandbags, typically used to protect areas from flooding.
(via Flickr/clip works)

This week’s heavy rainfall has increased the potential for isolated floods in portions of the state, although no major flooding is expected. 

Right now, a flood warning is in effect for the Meramec River in St. Louis County, which could lead to some local street flooding. 

John Campbell, operations chief for the State Emergency Management Agency explains why, and where, the flooding could occur.

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Water Pollution - Mississippi River Flooding
2:50 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

EPA looks for water contamination near Birds Point levee

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breached the levee at Birds Point as part of the activation of the floodway on the night of May 2, 2011.
(via Birds Point New Madrid Floodway Joint Information Center facebook page/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

The Environmental Protection Agency is looking for possible water contamination in Southeastern Missouri, in the area affected by the Birds Point levee breach.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up a Mississippi River levee at Birds Point on May 2 to protect upstream communities like Cairo, Ill.

The levee breach flooded 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland, including a confined animal feeding operation.

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Missouri Disaster Recovery
5:29 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Mo. treasurer Zweifel making fast, low-interest loans available to disaster victims

A home in Ferguson, Mo. damaged by the "Good Friday" (April 22) tornadoes of 2011.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri State Treasurer is making low-interest loans available to over 40 counties trying to rebound from a string of weather-related disasters.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, who was in the St. Louis region Tuesday, says the loans will help homeowners and businesses qualify for loans in less than 24 hours.

Zweifel also says the new program will cut red tape and help qualified borrowers receive low-interest assistance loans in less than 24 hours.

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Tornado Cleanup
10:32 am
Tue May 10, 2011

White House issues disaster declaration for portions of Mo., Gov. pledges aid

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon gets a tour of a damaged neighborhood by Berkeley, Mo. Mayor Kyra Watson in St. Louis on April 23, 2011. A F-4 tornado hit the region on April 22. The White House has issued a disaster declaration for portions of Missouri today.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

President Obama has issued a disaster declaration for portions of Missouri affected by recent storms, tornadoes and flooding.

The disaster declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals in St. Louis, Butler, Mississippi, New Madrid and Taney counties, according to a White House press release. Funding is also available for State and eligible local governments, along with certain private non-profit organizations.

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