50 People Evacuated from Floods in Small Town

9 years 10 months 3 weeks ago July 04, 2007 Jul 4, 2007 Wednesday, July 04 2007 Wednesday, July 04, 2007 4:52:12 AM CDT in News
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SPRINGFIELD (AP) - At least 50 people were evacuated by boat today from a rural community in western Missouri as flood waters from neighboring Kansas submerged roads. Governor Blunt has declared a state of emergency today and activated the Missouri National Guard to help local communities respond to ongoing flooding along the Kansas border. Authorities in Bates County are helping people get out by boat from the small community of Papinville after two nearby rivers flooded the area. Water has covered roads for a half-mile around the town, leaving most homes as islands. Also in Bates County, all four lanes of U-S Highway 71 were closed by the flooding along a stretch about 75 miles south of Kansas City.

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