Emergency officials conducted water rescues in the tiny northwestern Missouri town of Levasy in the wake of a levee breach along the Missouri River.
Kansas City station WDAF reported that the breach happened on June 1, flooding part of the town of about 80 people. Levasy is located about 26 miles east of Kansas City on U.S. Highway 24 just south of the Missouri River. No injuries have been reported. Some residence spoke about the levee breach.
Jessica Scott said, “I never thought I’d see water like this.”
Aaron Bosley, whose house flooded explained, “Then we had another levee break down east a little bit.”
Local resident Willliam Chard said, “We built a levee back in there, back in the day, but I mean it’s gone.”
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were conducting the rescues by boat Saturday. Access to Levasy is restricted to residents only. Proof of residency is required to enter.
Tyler Naudet, sheriff’s deputy said, “We need to get all vehicles out of here in the next 10 minutes or they won’t be able to get out.”
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke toured some flood damage in Oklahoma as the waters began to recede and storm-weary residents gutted waterlogged homes.
O’Rourke told reporters that he was impressed by the level of community and dedication that Oklahomans have for one another.
O’Rourke said on Sunday that if he is elected, he will direct federal grants to invest in communities before natural disasters strike.
In North Little Rock, Arkansas, which sits across the heavily flooded Arkansas River from the state’s capital city, Little Rock, officials went door-to-door on Saturday to urge residents in about 150 homes near the river to consider leaving.
According to Fox 2now St. Louis, Emergency Management Director Jim Sharp said, “Get out.”
He said the breach happened on Sunday afternoon. Sharp said this latest flooding means an estimated 50 homes will be flooded.
The Mississippi River is expected to crest in Winfield on Monday at 38.6 feet.
The highest ever recorded crest in Winfield was in 39.6 feet in 1993.
Winfield Police officers stood guard at the entry to East Winfield to keep away anyone who didn’t belong in the area so residents who needed to leave the area would not be slowed down.
A shelter has been set up at Winfield High School to help residents.