Sandbags to be removed in some Missouri River communities

Friday, September 2, 2011 | 2:11 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — Sandbags are coming down in some Missouri River communities as the flooding risk drops.

Parkville was using the removal of its sandbag wall to lure visitors to the Kansas City-area for the Labor Day weekend. The city says it's a good time to shop, eat and listen to music.

Workers in Atchison, Kan., were beginning to remove its river wall Friday as the river level drops. The city says the process should be completed on Tuesday.

Water ebbed enough this week to allow engineers to evaluate a four-mile stretch of U.S. 136 that had been underwater in Atchison County in far northwestern Missouri.

But Mark Manchester, Atchison County's deputy director of emergency management, says only a handful of the 200-plus people evacuated from their homes have been able to return.


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