Levee Breach in Northwest Mo.
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ROCK PORT, Mo. (AP) — A levee along the Missouri River in northwest Missouri has weakened, and Atchison County officials have advised a few area homes to evacuate.
Rhonda Wiley, emergency management director for Atchison County, said a “trickle” of water has been running through the levee south of the Iowa border since Saturday night.
Area residents have been told to leave as a precaution, but she said it’s not a life-threatening situation at this time.
Another nearby levee had a similar break Saturday, but Wiley said crews were able to repair it. She said levees along the river have been weakened by the river’s recent high water levels.
Meanwhile, 600 residents in southwest Iowa were told to evacuate their homes following the levee breach.
Iowa Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Stefanie Bond says the evacuation ordered Sunday morning covers half of the town of Hamburg. Residents are being told to get out within 24 hours.
Bond says there wasn’t a full breach, and the evacuations upstream from the levee are a precaution. Bond describes the water coming through as being between the spray of a garden hose and a fire hose.
But Fremont County emergency coordinator Mike Crecelius says the situation is very unstable.
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