The Latest: Flood levels reached record in 3 towns
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local):
This year’s round of Midwestern flooding is the worst ever at three locations in Nebraska.
National Weather Service hydrologist Kevin Low said during a conference call Friday that the Missouri River reached record levels at Plattsmouth, Nebraska City and Brownville. It crested just short of a record at several other places, including St. Joseph, Missouri, where the river reached 32.02 feet (9.76 meters) on Friday, inches short of the record of 32.07 feet (9.77 meters) set during the historic 1993 flood.
Crests are still coming further south and east on the Missouri River, but flooding in Kansas City and other points in Missouri isn’t expected to be nearly as severe.
Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say it is too early to begin assessing total damage from the flood. While the crests in Nebraska, southwestern Iowa and northwestern Missouri have largely passed, water will remain high for several days.
Authorities are evacuating a low-lying area of St. Joseph, Missouri, as the Missouri River crests at near-record levels.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jake Angle says the evacuation began late Friday morning in the city’s Lake Contrary area. The river is cresting in the city at levels that are less than 1 foot (0.3 meters) away from those reached during historic 1993 flooding.
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