Levees in northern Missouri breached
Water released from upstream dams floods a state park, farmland and homes. After a slight dip, the Missouri River begins to rise again.
June 20, 2011
Reporting from Kansas City, Mo.—
Several levees in northern Missouri were failing to hold back the surge of water being released from upstream dams, and officials and residents braced themselves Sunday for more breaches as the Missouri River dipped but then rose again.
A hole in the side of a Holt County levee continued to grow, deluging the state park and recreational area in Big Lake, a community of about 200 people located 78 miles north of Kansas City. The water — some from recent rain — started pouring over levees Saturday night and Sunday morning in Holt and Atchison counties, flooding farmland, homes and cabins.
In Nebraska, a flooding alert was issued for a second nuclear power plant, but officials said it was the least serious of four possible emergency declarations established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The public and workers are in no danger, officials said.
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