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POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KMOX) – The Jenkins Basin Levee in Stoddard County has breached, according to emergency management officers in southeast Missouri.

“We learned that there’s been a breach at Saxon,” Poplar Bluff mayor Ed DeGaris tells KMOX News, calling Saxon “the last street in town”. 

“And we had another one at County Road 607, which is about a mile outside of town.”

The levee helps protect the Little River Drainage District.

The breach could also affect Shady Dell, Bell City, and Cline’s Island.

Mayor DeGaris says water from the breach is pouring into a drainage ditch but that officials are concerned it could flood a wider area.

DeGaris says water was rising so fast Monday evening that “the Water Patrol and local law enforcers had to do 59 water rescues within the city limits within about an hour-and-a-half.”

He says officials are planning to evacuate more homes.

About 1,000 homes were evacuated Monday and some have been flooded by water from the Black River that has poured over the levee in about 30 locations.

Governor Jay Nixon activated about 200 members of the Missouri National Guard Monday to help with flood aid and levee damage.

Copyright Associated Press

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