Levee Breach in Missouri could close more of I-29
Two more Missouri River flood records have been broken in southeast Nebraska, and more records are likely to fall because the amount of water being released upstream is increasing.
On Thursday, authorities in Holt County, Missouri said a new levee breach in Northwestern Missouri threatens to close yet another section of Interstate 29 near the Iowa state line. Holt County emergency management officials said Wednesday the Mill Creek levee has failed, sending still more floodwater into the evacuated town of Corning. Water is about 8 feet deep in the small town between the Missouri River and the Tarkio River. Officials say the failure is threatening I-29 at the 99 mile marker. The interstate is already closed 11 miles north at marker 110 in Missouri's Atchison County.
The National Weather Service says records from 1993 were surpassed Tuesday at Plattsmouth and Nebraska City. Last weekend, Brownville also set a record. The Army Corps of Engineers is increasing the amount of water released from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota this week, so the river will rise even more in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. The corps estimates the river will rise as much as a foot over its already high levels at Sioux City, Iowa. The river will rise roughly 3 to 5 inches from Omaha to Rulo, and it will surge about 8 inches higher at Kansas City.