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.
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.
The Mississippi is rising once again and the Army Corps of Engineers is hoping that a temporary berm will hold back floodwaters.
Residents had already been told last week to evacuate the area.
Businesses, residents and railroads in the Kansas City area are getting ready for the waters of the rising Missouri River.
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.
The request was made Tuesday in a letter to the president. Nixon specifically requested assistance in operations to save lives and property.
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.
Demand for hotel rooms is four times greater than what is available.
Flooding forecasts for Boonville and Jefferson City are now at their highest levels since the record releases from reservoirs upriver.
The traffic signals at Interstate 70 and Range Line Street are not working and motorists should avoid that area.
A Kansas City Power & Light spokeswoman said there were 31,000 customers without electricity as of 6:15 a.m. Monday.
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.