Levee Compromised in Poplar Bluff, Evacuation Underway

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KMOX) — Governor Jay Nixon has activated the National Guard Monday. Guard members will aid local emergency responders in the Poplar Bluff area who are dealing with a compromised levee along the Black River.

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for the southern portion of Poplar Bluff, Missouri and for the people along the stretch of the Black River in Butler County.

Officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department say people living south of the Black River and east of Highway WW should leave their homes. Highway WW is also known as Ditch Road.

Police say a levee running along the river has been compromised at County Road 607. At this time, the extent of the damage is not known.

Missouri officials say they aren’t sure exactly how many people are being moved out of harm’s way this afternoon. Poplar Bluff has 17,000 residents and is about 150 miles southwest of St. Louis.

The Red Cross is helping to operate a shelter in Poplar Bluff and trying to decide whether to keep a West Plains shelter open.

Anyone with questions can call a non-emergency number at 573-686-8685. Residents can also check for updates from the Poplar Bluff police department’s Twitter account, @pbpd.

Copyright KMOX Radio

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