Missouri River Breaches Levee in Western Iowa
MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — Residents near a levee breach in Harrison County, Iowa, are being urged to leave their homes.
Kim Crispin in the Harrison County emergency manager's office says the breach just south of U.S. Highway 30 near Missouri Valley was reported about 8 a.m. Saturday.
She says deputies have contacted residents at 18 homes and advised them to leave as the Missouri River spills from the levee. No mandatory evacuations were ordered.
The Iowa Department of Transportation says U.S. Highway 30 between Missouri Valley and Blair, Neb., remains open.
The Missouri River is rising because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing the amount of water it releases from upstream reservoirs to deal with heavy rains and snowpack. The river is expected to remain high into fall.
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