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Heavy rain driving Missouri River higher

Flooding forecasts for Boonville and Jefferson City are now at their highest levels since the record releases from reservoirs upriver.

Early morning storm causes power outages

The traffic signals at Interstate 70 and Range Line Street are not working and motorists should avoid that area.

Thousands in Missouri and Kansas without power after storms

A Kansas City Power & Light spokeswoman said there were 31,000 customers without electricity as of 6:15 a.m. Monday.

Dispatch from Joplin: One month later

Joplin native Eliza Smith returns to her hometown, where despite ever-present piles of debris, signs of new life are starting to emerge.

Flood barriers placed along Katy Trail in Rocheport

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.

Missouri River flooding prompts northwest Missouri evacuations

Evacuations occurred Friday in northwestern Missouri, and a state park was closed. The area could see water for some time.

Soggy Midwest faces new summer threat: more rain

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.

Higher releases at Gavins Point increase Missouri River forecasts

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.

Nixon extends emergency declaration to aid natural disaster relief

The declaration, originally scheduled to expire June 20, will now run through Sept. 15.

Recent rain shouldn't worsen Missouri River flooding

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.

Officials say wildfires in Southwest will blaze until rainy season

According to meteorologists, the region needs a higher level of humidity to contain the fires more than it needs record rainfall.

Heavy winds in Columbia left some without power

An early morning power outage was caused by a tree falling on a power line because of strong winds.

Volunteers surprise Joplin couple with rebuilt home

In just a week, workers from Home Depot and a Virginia organization completely refurbished a Joplin house badly damaged by the May 22 tornado.

UPDATE: Crews race floodwaters to build up Iowa levee

Floodwaters are expected to arrive Tuesday in Hamburg, Iowa, after the Missouri River ruptured two levees in northwest Missouri.

MORE COVERAGE: Online resources for coverage of Missouri River flooding

Here is a roundup of links providing information regarding the flooding of the Missouri River.

UPDATE: Levee ruptures send floodwater toward Hamburg, Iowa, and Big Lake, Mo.

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.

Joplin tornado death toll rises to 153

Two more people succumb to injuries sustained in the May 22 tornado in southwest Missouri.

Forecasters say deaths from tornadoes hit them in pit of stomach

Weather forecasters often feel helpless when tornadoes descend and death tolls rise. Tornadoes have killed more than 520 people this year.

McBaine levee under repair as Missouri River flood looms

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.

Columbia cooling centers provide relief from heat

Cooling centers around Columbia are provided for people who need to find a place to escape the heat this summer.

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