MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2019
Flood waters in Jackson County reached historic levels over the weekend causing the Missouri River to breech a levee causing parts of the city of Levasy to flood.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office along with multiple emergency services personnel responded and assisted the citizens of Levasy on Saturday. Flooding increased significantly after a second levee breached Sunday afternoon. Overnight flood waters reached 24 Highway making it impassable in both directions. It is estimated that flood waters impacted approximately 2800 acres.
No injuries have been reported. Access to the City of Levasy is restricted to residents only.
The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the United Methodist Church, 109 S. Hudson St. in Buckner. The shelter is providing beds, access to showers and 3 meals. County agencies are set up for access to special needs and mental health care.
According to Sheriff Darryl Forté, “The water levels in Levasy have never been this high, based on Fstatements from residents and other emergency personnel on scene. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to ensuring the residents of Levasy are safe during this incident. We have allocated resources to monitor this incident over the next 24 hours.”
“As flooding continues to be an issue in Levasy, I’m working with Sheriff Forté to make sure we have a recovery plan in place when water recedes and residents are allowed back in their homes,” County Executive Frank White, Jr. said.
“As we continue to access the areas impacted by the flood, we encourage the public not to come into the flood area. High water can cause significant damage to vehicles and create a water rescue situation. Please use alternate routes to get around flooded areas. The safety of everyone is our priority. We will provide updates as information becomes available” Forté said.