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Flooding along the Missouri River has headed eastward toward central Missouri, but officials say so far it doesn’t appear to be as threatening as it was in northwest Missouri.
US Army black hawk helicopter crews from the Missouri National Guard are flying in sandbags to stop the water’s flow. The UH-60 black hawks dropped about 150, one-ton sandbags to prop up the sugar creek levee near Waverly, Missouri in Atchison county.
A surge from dam releases, along with water from recent rainstorms, started pouring over levees in two counties overnight Saturday. All that extra water caused flooding and prompted evacuations.
Floodwaters nearly overran levees in Ray County, and sandbagging and levee repairs continued near Orrick and Hardin. Tom Waters, president of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District, told The Kansas City Star that a section of levee in Carroll County has also been damaged.
But he said the effect in mid-Missouri would not likely be as bad as it has been in northwest Missouri, where it displaced hundreds of people and flooded thousands of acres of farmland.
Amtrak has also suspended some of its service between Kansas City and St. Louis because of flooding along tracks in the region.
In Norborne, farmers were racing to shore up a crumbling levee with giant soybean seed bags filled with more than 2,000 pounds of sand.
But getting the sandbags in place on the Sugar Tree levee is another matter. The levee along the Missouri River in Carroll County is too soft to bear heavy equipment.
The levee near Norborne protects thousands of acres of farmland. And farmers don’t want to see the land swamped in a year when they’re getting good prices for good crops.