Northwest Missouri town of Craig next in line for flooding problems

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 | 3:41 p.m. CDT; updated 2:10 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 24, 2011

KANSAS CITY — Residents of the northwest Missouri community of Craig have been given 48 hours to evacuate as floodwaters threaten the Holt County town of about 300.

The town of Corning nine miles north of Craig is already underwater, and flooding is threatening to close a stretch of Interstate 29 about 13 miles south of Rock Port.

Other Holt County towns have been evacuated ahead of the flood. Most residents of the village of Big Lake have been gone for a couple of weeks, and Holt County Commissioner Bill Gordon says Fortescue, near Big Lake, is next in line to go underwater if nearby levees don't hold.

Former Craig Mayor Terry Eaton said volunteers continued sandbagging around the community in what he calls a "hell of a fight" to keep the water out.

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