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      Missouri River Update
Friday, June 24, 2011

MapRelief Only Temporary

The National Weather Service (NWS) currently does not anticipate the Missouri River's water level near Levasy and Sibley will rise on Saturday, June 25. Due to levee breaches Thursday, June 23 in two northwest Missouri counties, river levels have fallen between Brownville, Nebraska and St. Joseph, Missouri, prompting the NWS to reduce its previous river level projections for Saturday. However, the NWS noted any relief down stream from Atchison and Holt counties will only be temporary.

"Eventually the effects of the levee breaches will become negligible," the NWS reported, "allowing the Missouri River to begin renewed rises due to the release of water from Gavins Point Dam." Also, the NWS forecast for this weekend calls for "several chances of thunderstorms across the lower Missouri Valley."

Release Rate Increased


The water release rate at Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota increased to 160,000 cubic feet per second -- up from 150,000 -- on Wednesday, June 22. That high release rate is expected to continue into August. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has extended the State Declaration of Emergency through at least September 15

Current River Levels

Gauges indicated the river levels at Sibley and Levasy were at 27.5 feet Friday morning. The overflow point for the levees in eastern Jackson County is 30 feet.

Watching What's Happening Up River

The Jackson County Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Department is closely monitoring the situation, maintaining contact with Fort Osage Fire Chief John Yocum and Levasy Mayor Phyllis Dieckman, as well as the Missouri National Guard. The Guard is getting an aerial view of the Missouri River, evaluating it from a helicopter.

In addition to keeping a concerned eye on water levels in Jackson County, County Emergency Preparedness Director Mike Curry is tracking level reports from further up river to determine when sandbags should be put in place.

Being As Prepared As Possible
Volunteers filled 6,000 sandbags June 16. Those bags are now being stored near where they'll be needed if the threat of flooding from the Missouri River heightens. > MORE



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