Flooding Closes Highway South of Kansas City

9 years 9 months 3 weeks ago July 03, 2007 Jul 3, 2007 Tuesday, July 03 2007 Tuesday, July 03, 2007 7:29:28 AM CDT in News
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SPRINGFIELD - U.S. 71 is closed because of flood waters in Bates County about 75 miles south of Kansas City. The Missouri Department of Transportation said Tuesday the flooding shut down a stretch of the four-lane highway from just north of Rich Hill to the Vernon County line. A detour is available via Missouri 52 and 13 and U.S. 54. Bates and Vernon counties are on the border and have been hit by runoff from Kansas flooding that has swollen several rivers more than 10 feet over flood stage. About a dozen smaller county and state routes were also closed by high water in the two mainly rural counties. At least six homes were destroyed and three more evacuated due to flooding in Bates County since Sunday.

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