Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) –  The rain-swollen Missouri River has overtopped a pair of levees in far northern St. Louis County.

Mike Petersen with the St. Louis office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells KMOX News the Kuhs and Columbia Bottoms levees are both located near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

“These are both pretty small levees with a low level of protection,” according to Petersen. “There’s nobody behind the Kuhs levee district, and the neighboring Columbia Bottoms protects a total number of about twenty people, I believe.”

Petersen still felt it important to stress that this wasn’t a breach, which would suggest that the levees themselves had failed.

“This is an overtopping,” Peterson said. “The river basically got higher than those levees are designed to handle.”

He added that the levees primarily protect agricultural and conservation management lands.

The overtopping occurred early Sunday.

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