ST. JOSEPH, MO.(AP)- Crews have stabilized a levee that protects communities in Andrew County in northwest Missouri, and are watching closely as the Missouri River backs up into tributaries in the region.
The latest challenge, the supply of sand is running low, a problem that could get worse as the river is expected to remain high through August, making it unsafe to gather sand from the easiest place to get it: the river itself.
The Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring the sand supply. Jud Kneuvean, chief of emergency management for the corps’ Kansas City District says in a pinch other materials can be used from gravel to lime.