Joplin native Eliza Smith returns to her hometown, where despite ever-present piles of debris, signs of new life are starting to emerge.
County workers laid 1,700 feet of barrier along the Katy Trail in Rocheport on Friday, giving the town's lower reaches 3 feet of extra protection against Missouri River floods.
Evacuations occurred Friday in northwestern Missouri, and a state park was closed. The area could see water for some time.
Residents in Missouri and elsewhere are being warned about what could happen if rivers rise as much as projected. In Jefferson City, for example, the predicted crests of 6 feet to 14 feet above flood stage could wash out roads, breach levees, close railroads, threaten power plant operations and shut down major highways.
Water released from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota surpassed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' previous limit Wednesday after heavy rains over South Dakota added up to a foot to river forecasts for Boonville.
The declaration, originally scheduled to expire June 20, will now run through Sept. 15.
Despite continuing rainfall in Nebraska and Iowa, it is unlikely that the weather will cause the Missouri River's water level to change by more than a few inches.
According to meteorologists, the region needs a higher level of humidity to contain the fires more than it needs record rainfall.
An early morning power outage was caused by a tree falling on a power line because of strong winds.
In just a week, workers from Home Depot and a Virginia organization completely refurbished a Joplin house badly damaged by the May 22 tornado.
Floodwaters are expected to arrive Tuesday in Hamburg, Iowa, after the Missouri River ruptured two levees in northwest Missouri.
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Residents of Hamburg, Iowa, and Big Lake, Mo., brace for floodwaters headed in their direction after two levee ruptures Monday. Many have already evacuated Hamburg.
Two more people succumb to injuries sustained in the May 22 tornado in southwest Missouri.
Weather forecasters often feel helpless when tornadoes descend and death tolls rise. Tornadoes have killed more than 520 people this year.
A 300-foot portion of the 11-mile-long levee has fallen into Perche Creek. Work began Monday to construct a new section of the levee. The repair should be finished before forecast floods of 27 feet to 33 feet on the Missouri River reach the area.
Cooling centers around Columbia are provided for people who need to find a place to escape the heat this summer.
In Atchison County, a 1 inch to 1½ inch hole has developed in the levee. Emergency management officials said they expected more breaches as the river rises.
While flood waters along the Missouri River could cause damage to residents and towns near the river's edge, endangered wildlife might benefit with the resurgence of high waters.
Volunteers from across the country are in Joplin doing whatever they can to help with the disaster relief effort.