Levee break threatens Winfield

Friday, June 27, 2008 | 7:15 a.m. CDT; updated 5:11 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ST. LOUIS — The National Weather Service says a corner of an earthen levee has broken, releasing what officials predict will "ultimately inundate" part of a Lincoln County town.

The service said in a flash flood warning issued at 5:55 a.m. Friday that it is unknown how fast the water is moving, nor is the condition of the rest of the Pin Oak Levee at Winfield. The surrounding rural area is also expected to flood.

Andy Binder, spokesman for Lincoln County emergency management operations, had said Thursday that the Pin Oak levee was holding but showing signs of strain. It was protecting about 100 homes in Winfield, about 45 miles northwest of St. Louis.

Officials called for a two-day break in sandbagging on Thursday and Friday, and planned to refresh their sand supply and resume bagging Saturday.

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