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Missouri River flooding: another levee fails

Water is about 8 feet deep in then small town of Corning between the Big Muddy and the Tarkio River.

June 23, 2011|by KY3 News | newsalerts@ky3.com

CORNING, Mo. -- Another levee has broken open in northwestern Missouri and threatens to close yet another section of Interstate 29.  Holt County emergency management officials say still more floodwater is rushing into already evacuated Corning.  Water is about 8 feet deep in the small town between the Big Muddy and the Tarkio River.

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GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) -- More residents of southwest Iowa who live in a rural area near the swollen Missouri River are being evacuated as a precaution.  Mills County officials ordered everyone who lives between Interstate 29 and the river to evacuate an area from north of Glenwood south to Fremont County.

Earlier this week, Fremont County evacuated the area between I-29 and the river because of concern that the levee may be overtopped.  Mills County officials say there is no immediate threat of a levee breach Thursday, but seeping groundwater had risen behind the levee and blocked some roads.

Residents are being urged to leave the area before 4 p.m. Friday.  The Red Cross set up a shelter in Malvern for anyone who needs somewhere to stay.

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