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.
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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