Kansas, Missouri residents flee floods

Monday, July 2, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:42 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Flooding worsened Sunday across parts of Kansas and Missouri, forcing more people from their homes, and meteorologists said it could be days before rivers return to normal.

The Kansas National Guard was sent to help with a mandatory evacuation of Osawatomie as Pottawatomie Creek surged through a broken levee and workers struggled to reinforce a levee on the Marais des Cygne.

The river was expected to reach 49 feet late Sunday, just shy of the record of 50.3 feet, said Maren Stoflet, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Pleasant Hill.

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