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Scientist questions flood benefits of public lands along Missouri River

Conservation areas along the Missouri River, long considered important in countering the impact of flooding, might not play that important of a role after all.

Flooding concerns rise after heavier-than-expected weekend rainfall in Missouri

The State Emergency Management Agency says a heavier-than-expected rainfall of 1 1/2 to 2 inches fell overnight in the Missouri River Basin.

Corps of engineers thinks Birds Point berm will hold against flooding

The Mississippi is rising once again and the Army Corps of Engineers is hoping that a temporary berm will hold back floodwaters.

Missouri River levee fails in southwest Iowa

Residents had already been told last week to evacuate the area.

Kansas City suburb Parkville ready for Missouri River flooding

Businesses, residents and railroads in the Kansas City area are getting ready for the waters of the rising Missouri River.

Heat advisory issued from Thursday through Saturday in Columbia

Columbia will see highs of up to 97 degrees for the next few days. The National Weather Service in St. Louis issued a heat advisory from noon Thursday until 7 p.m. Saturday.

Missouri River flooding prompts Gov. Nixon to seek federal emergency declaration

The request was made Tuesday in a letter to the president. Nixon specifically requested assistance in operations to save lives and property.

Missouri River flooding closes one road to Cooper's Landing

Easley River Road and Smith Hatchery Road flooding might cause Cooper's Landing to close temporarily. Easley River Road has been closed since Monday. River levels are expected to rise by Friday.

Joplin tornado survivors keep area hotels at capacity

Demand for hotel rooms is four times greater than what is available.

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.

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