Missouri River Flooding 2011

Amtrak
5:54 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Flooding extends Amtrak disruption in Mo.

An Amtrak traincar.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Amtrak is extending the suspension of one its two daily round trips between St. Louis and Kansas City because of continued flooding along the Missouri River.

The suspension took effect July 2 and had been scheduled to expire at midweek. But the passenger train service said Wednesday the change remains in effect at least through Saturday.

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Water flows from the Missouri River over levee L-550, located north of Highway 136 in Atchison County, Mo., June 19, 2011. The local sponsor reported overtopping of the levee to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the morning of June 19.
(U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carlos J. Lazo)

Missouri River tributaries face greater flood risk this summer

Hundreds of tributaries that feed the congested Missouri River face a greater-than-normal flood risk this summer because of water levels that have kept smaller rivers from draining.

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Missouri River Flooding / Vaccinations
4:36 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

Communities affected by flooded Missouri River requesting vaccinations

(via Flickr/Daniel Paquet)

Reporting by KXCV's Kirk Wayman used in this report.

Several communities up and down the swollen Missouri River are not only requesting sandbags, but vaccinations as well.

In extreme Northwest Missouri, Atchison County deputy emergency manager Mark Manchester said his office has given about 50 workers tetanus shots during the flood fight.

Missouri River Flooding
5:06 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Nixon: high flood waters to stick around for most of summer

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon with officers from the Missouri National Guard at the Howell Island Conservation Area outside Chesterfield, Mo. on July 1, 2011.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says high flood water on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers will be with us for most of the summer this year.

Nixon met with local officials in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties today.

Outside of the city of Chesterfield, Mo. Nixon stood on a levee that was reinforced after the Flood of 93.

Nixon says he doesn't expect the flooding to be as severe, but the Army National Guard is already standing by should if needed.

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Morning round-up
9:34 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, July 1, 2011

Water flows from the Missouri River over levee L-550, located north of Highway 136 in Atchison County, Mo., June 19, 2011. The local sponsor reported overtopping of the levee to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the morning of June 19.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carlos J. Lazo

Obama issues federal emergency declaration

President Barack Obama has issued a federal emergency declaration for Missouri because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast. Gov. Jay Nixon says his request for the declaration was granted Thursday.

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Flooding
2:40 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Nixon seeks emergency declaration for Missouri due to flooding

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

Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal emergency declaration for the state because of flooding along the Missouri River system and flash floods in the northeast.

The governor made the request Tuesday in a letter to President Barack Obama.

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Missouri River Flooding
5:49 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Three levees overtopped along Mo. river, more flooding expected

A map of the path of the Missouri River.
(via Wikimedia Commons/DEMIS Mapserver/Shannon 1)

The massive amount of water flowing south and east along the Missouri River will begin to flood portions of central Missouri this Independence Day holiday weekend.

The Missouri River at Jefferson City is forecast to rise by six feet and reach 29 feet as early as Thursday, just a foot shy of the top of the city's north levee.  Jim Kramper with the National Weather Service office in St. Louis expects the capital city's flood threat to remain at moderate.

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Missouri River flooding
5:38 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

More water could be released from South Dakota dam into Mo. River

Brigadier Gen. John McMahon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at a meeting in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 8:55 with information about another levee breach:

The flooding has breached another levee in northwest Missouri, forcing the evacuation of the Holt County town of Craig.

Emergency officials in Holt County say the flooding Missouri River breached a levee along the Big Tarkio River around 2 p.m. Monday, and another nearby levee is being overtopped.

Residents of Craig have until noon to leave their homes. Emergency sandbagging operations are ongoing.

Our earlier story:

The amount of water being released from a South Dakota dam into the Missouri River could increase, if a weather system currently over the river’s upper basin dumps more rain.

That’s the warning given today by Brigadier General John McMahon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a visit to Jefferson City.

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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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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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