Missouri River Breaches Levy in Northern Missouri
HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) -- The swollen Missouri River has breached a levee in southwest Iowa.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the breach happened Sunday morning near Hamburg, Iowa. The levy is officially located in Atchison County, Mo.
The corps' Col. Robert Ruch says crews had been working Saturday on another issue near the breach and all workers have been evacuated.
The corps predicts that 2011 could be one of the wettest years on record in the Missouri River basin. Officials are predicting record river flows and large releases from reservoirs in the Dakotas because of steady spring rain and above-normal snowpack.
The corps has warned that the overflowing river isn't likely to crest until mid- to late June and water will remain high for weeks or even months.