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Smed1065
05-09-2007, 06:36 PM
I saw some reports on here yesterday but this seems even worse:

Evacuations, Sandbagging in Missouri:

Evacuations, Sandbagging in Missouri
By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press Writer

6 hours ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Flood water topped at least 20 levees protecting low-lying communities along the Missouri River and other nearby streams, authorities said Wednesday.

Stretches of highway have been closed and thousands of people have been evacuated because of flooding caused by the huge weekend storm system that also devastated Greensburg, Kan., with a deadly tornado.

"It's a major flood," said National Weather Service meteorologist Suzanne Fortin. "It won't be a record breaker, but it will be in the top three."

Missouri Highway Patrol troopers were working 24-hour shifts near Big Lake, a village of about 150 permanent residents, which was inundated after nine levee breaks, said Lt. John Hotz.

Two levees were topped by high water during the night, authorities said. In Levacy, water from the Missouri River had started to encroach on the town and evacuations were under way Wednesday, Fortin said.

Authorities evacuated 300 to 400 residents Wednesday from the unincorporated town of Levasy as the Missouri River rose. At least a dozen homes were partially under water, a Jackson County dispatcher said Wednesday.

Big Lake, two miles from the Missouri River about 95 miles northwest of Kansas City, was inundated Tuesday.

"The town is a loss. At this time, we don't know, but it looks like that's what's going to happen," Mark Sitherwood, presiding commissioner of Holt County, said Tuesday.

Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt declared a state of emergency and mobilized National Guard troops to help. At least 19 Kansas counties declared local disaster emergencies.

Two-thirds of the town of Mosby, 20 miles northeast of Kansas City, was under 2 to 4 feet of water Tuesday from the overflowing Fishing River, said D.C. Rogers, Clay County director of emergency services.

Missouri's state capital, Jefferson City, was preparing for flooding expected Wednesday or Thursday. After floods in 1993 and 1995, the city raised the elevation of its riverside sewage treatment plant, and the federal government bought out scores of homes on the north shore of the river, but the airport and businesses are still vulnerable.

Parts of Missouri, Iowa and Kansas received as much as 8 inches of rain in a 24-hour period during the weekend thunderstorms, the weather service said.

Flooding in Oklahoma was blamed for the drowning death of a man whose car was swept off a county road. A Kansas man died when his vehicle overturned in a water-filled ditch near Wichita, Butler County officials said.

High water had begun to recede in flooded parts of western Iowa.

Link (http://www.comcast.net/news/national/index.jsp?cat=DOMESTIC&fn=/2007/05/09/658592.html&cvqh=itn_levees)

Joie
05-09-2007, 06:42 PM
My hometown flooded pretty severly in 1993. Talked to my Dad last night and he said they were under serious threat this time. Today he says the water has receded some, but the threat isn't gone. I couldn't have gone home last night if I wanted to, the interstate and most of the secondary roads leading from here to my parents house were closed. Mom had to drive an hour to get to work last night (usually takes 15 minutes) because the roads are flooded. My parents house itself is not under any threat at all.

Smed1065
05-09-2007, 06:46 PM
That is terrible considering the south is drying up before summer.

luv
05-09-2007, 06:52 PM
I have a friend in Arkansas City, KS who's under evacuation notice. Sucks.

DaFace
05-09-2007, 07:38 PM
I have a friend in Arkansas City, KS who's under evacuation notice. Sucks.

That's my hometown, for what it's worth. I don't things are near as bad there as they are elsewhere, though. The flooding is relatively minor compared to what they've seen in the past.