Levee breach prompts evacuations in northwest Missouri village

Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 7:29 p.m. CDT; updated 9:13 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 18, 2010

BIG LAKE — A breach in a farm levee in northwest Missouri has prompted the closing of a state park and voluntary evacuations in the nearby village.

Big Lake State Park and the village of Big Lake are located along the Missouri River, about 45 miles north of St. Joseph.

The state Department of Public Safety says a 150- to 200-foot section of levee north of Big Lake gave way Thursday morning. Holt County authorities say several hundred acres of farmland were quickly flooded.

The village has about 150 year-round residents. Many had to fix up their homes after flooding in previous years.

Officials had closed the campground at the state park earlier this week as the Missouri River rose. Thursday's breach led to the closing of the rest of the park.

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