Cooper County Not Concerned About the Flood Just Yet

7 years 9 months 1 week ago Sunday, June 12 2011 Jun 12, 2011 Sunday, June 12, 2011 8:30:00 PM CDT June 12, 2011 in News
By: Matt Moreno

COOPER COUNTY - The upper Missouri basin has received nearly a year's worth of rainfall in just a few weeks, but officials in Cooper County on Sunday aren't concerned about a flooding risk yet.

"The main concern I've got with this one is the duration. Previously, in past years, they've always released and then cut it off,"  said Tom White from the Cooper County Emergency Agency. "This year, because they're at capacity or over, they have records amount of release."

Authorities have not told residents to evacuate their homes. Instead, White says, officials told them to prepare just in case they need to. The National Weather Service measured the river at just over 22 feet on Sunday and expect it to drop to 21 feet by Tuesday. White said he does not get concerned about flooding until the river reaches around 31 or 32 feet. The Missouri River reached more than 30 feet in Boonville last year. He says a few small roads are effected by floods usually. Nearby Wooldridge is expected to start work on it's damaged levee on Monday. White says crews have neglected the levee for decades.

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