Breach Threatens Northwest Missouri Town of Craig

7 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Monday, June 20 2011 Jun 20, 2011 Monday, June 20, 2011 6:49:00 PM CDT June 20, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

CRAIG, Mo. (AP) - Residents of a small northwestern Missouri town have been ordered to evacuate as floodwaters take a toll on levees.

Holt County emergency management officials say the roughly 300 residents of Craig are asked to be out of their homes by noon Tuesday.

Craig lies in the Missouri River flood plain. Officials say water began flowing toward the town Monday after one levee was overtopped and a breach opened in the Big Tarkio River levee near its mouth at the Missouri.

A levee in neighboring Andrew County has been stabilized, but officials are concerned about the Missouri backing up into the Nodaway River and creating problems for tiny Nodaway township. No flooding has been reported yet.

Farther south, St. Joseph officials said so far the 16-mile levee protecting Rosecrans Memorial Airport is in "good physical condition."

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