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Missouri River Floods Northwestern Area

Posted: May 27, 2011 11:49 AM by Associated Press
Updated: May 27, 2011 11:49 AM

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri River has burst over its banks, soaking low-lying farmland in northwest Missouri. More flooding is possible as releases from swollen upstream reservoirs reach "historic" levels.

The Missouri River has flooded farm fields west of Langdon, and the river was nearing flood stage at Atchison, Kan. No major flooding was reported.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Omaha also said its releases from five of six Missouri River reservoirs will reach "historic levels in the coming weeks." The corps said the incremental releases from the six reservoirs are necessary to deal with heavy rain and snowpack in the mountains.

The corps said the river north of St. Louis is expected to be at least 3 feet above flood stage in late June.

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