The Latest: Floodwaters strain Midwest agricultural levees

Jun 3, 2019

The surging Missouri and Mississippi rivers are overtopping and busting some agricultural levees as floodwaters make their way downstream, forcing evacuations in some rural areas.

ST. LOUIS — The Latest on Midwest flooding (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

The surging Missouri and Mississippi rivers are overtopping and breaking some agricultural levees as floodwaters make their way downstream, forcing evacuations in some rural areas.

The Army Corps of Engineers says a Missouri River levee that protects an area near the 1,400-person town of Winfield, Missouri, breached Sunday, forcing evacuations in a rural area.

On Saturday, the Illinois River overtopped two levees that protect a combined 1,500 acres in the western part of that state. And sandbags were intentionally removed from a farm levee along the Mississippi River near Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, to allow water through and remove pressure downstream.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was touring flooded areas Monday in the northeast part of the state, where there have been around a dozen water rescues. Statewide, nearly 400 roads are closed, including part of U.S. 136.

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7:54 a.m.

The swollen Missouri and Mississippi rivers are closing hundreds of roads and inundating homes and businesses.

Locks and dams upstream of St. Louis are shut down as the Mississippi River crests at its second-highest level on record in some areas, straining agriculture levees.

Floodgates also have been closed in St. Louis in advance of the river cresting there Thursday.

The high water already is causing problems. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that several hotels that were crowded with visitors for the Stanley Cup Final and Cardinals-Cubs baseball games were left without hot water Sunday after too much water overwhelmed a pump station.

Along the Missouri River, water levels were falling in Jefferson City after a crest that flooded railroad tracks and airport property. Statewide, nearly 400 roads are closed.

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