Crews stabilize levee in Andrew County

Monday, June 20, 2011 | 11:07 a.m. CDT; updated 12:06 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 20, 2011

AMAZONIA — Crews have stabilized a levee that protects communities in Andrew County in northwest Missouri and are watching closely as the Missouri River backs up into tributaries in the region.

Roger Latham, emergency management director for Andrew County, said crews over the weekend re-enforced a couple of soft spots or "boils" in the major levee in Andrew County. He said the swollen Missouri River has been backing up into the Nodaway River, creating a potential problem for the tiny township of Nodaway.

Latham said so far no flooding has been reported in the county, located north of St. Joseph, and most residents have left the area or are preparing to leave. He said thousands of acres of farmland could be under water if high levels along the Missouri River persist.


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