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New Levee Breach Affecting West Alton

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Dozens of families scramble to pack up before their homes are swamped by the Mississippi River after a levee breach in West Alton. (KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

Dozens of families scramble to pack up before their homes are swamped by the Mississippi River after a levee breach in West Alton. (KMOX/Kevin Killeen)

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WEST ALTON, Mo. (KMOX) – It’s moving day in West Alton, Missouri — because the Mississippi River is on the move. There’s been two breaches in the Consolidated North County Levee within 24 hours and water is expected to swamp a wide area by nightfall.

KMOX’s Kevin Killeen witnessed the frantic packing.


Around 1 p.m. Tuesday Emergency Management Officials in St. Charles County announced that there was a new breach of the Consolidated North County Levee spewing river water through a 100-150 ft. section near the northern most tip of the levee.

Rivers Pointe Fire Chief Rick Pender said the breach is on the Mississippi River side of the levee system, very close to the confluence.

Spokeswoman Colene McEntee with the St. Charles County Government say this breach is in a different location than last night’s breach, but could not say how far away they were from each other.

When asked if officials had concerns of additional breaches McEntee replied, “I have not heard anything regarding additional concerns.”

A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for those on the east side of Highway 67 near Red School Road. 43 homes are estimated to be in the evacuation zone.

About 520 people live in West Alton according to data collected from the 2010 Census.

Across the river in Alton, Illinois roads and bridges remain closed. Click HERE for a complete list of closures.

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