Missouri River Levee
June 14, 2011 by USA Post
Missouri River Levee, Growing the Missouri River levee has broken two in northwestern Missouri, sending torrents of water flooding of rural farmland to the city of Hamburg Iowa and Missouri State Park and Big Resort Lake. The levee failures both occurred yesterday morning. Authorities said a dike near Hamburg now has a hole 300 meters wide in it. This is the same place in Atchison County, Missouri, where a repair was made last week.
The emergency director said that while the dam is considered irreparable, there are no plans to evacuate anyone.
The National Weather Service said the failure of the dam occurred shortly before 11 are Monday. Hydrologist Dave Pearson said the floodwater is expected to reach Interstate 29 and the Hamburg area sometime Tuesday. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to ensure that a dike near Hamburg secondary full time. Secondary Corps began building levees last week after three breaches in the dam part of the Missouri River. It is not clear yet whether that will stop the water.
Holt County, Missouri, authorities said the river has a hole of 225 feet wide through a dam about 5 miles west of Grand Lake.
State highway officials plan to close about 20 miles of Interstate 29 in southwestern and northwestern Iowa, Missouri in the next two days due to rupture of the dam, near Hamburg.
Authorities said they are planning to close the I-29 from the intersection with Highway 2 at a New York outlet 23 miles south near Rock Port, Mo. In addition, all of State Highway 333 is close in Iowa and Missouri.
The main route between Iowa and Nebraska in the area are also threatened, as officials warned the closure of Highway 2 is imminent. Transportation Department officials said they recognize the importance of the road in this area and keep it open until it is safe.
Authorities said there is no immediate threat to the road because the floodwater must cross several miles of rural area between the dam and roads. However, the closures are expected before Thursday.
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