Levee Breach Causes Flooding in MO Valley

Families are told to leave their homes after a levee breached early Labor Day, now they are keeping an eye on flood waters.

"Mandatory evacuation but I was being stubborn, and waiting until it got to the road, now it is to the road," homeowner Christina Martin said. At first, these waters seemed calm; unassuming and placid but a closer look revealed rising concerns. "We moved a car out to a friend and it wasn't quite, I mean it wasn't even quite all over across the road when we left, and then we come back and it is like this,” Martin said.

Martin was waiting for the water to rise and it meant taking inventory on what needed moving. Further south though, the damage was clear along south 9th street, another’s truck up to the doors in water, floating debris scattered all around and a strong current over the road. Easy to see why emergency officials ordered the evacuation around 8 o’clock Monday morning, affecting around 25 homes. Ada Isom filled up her car just in case. "About 8:30 this morning some lady was pounding on my door and saying a breach up here behind state shed, had a big hole, it was sort of coming,” Isom said.

WOWT 6 News cameras found the break in the levee along the Boyer River, Missouri Valley Fire Chief Johnnie Walker said it stretched about 25 feet long. But the good news, all the water that has come out so far, has gone out, meaning but nightfall it was a waiting game to see how high waters would rise. “Like I said once the husband gets home if he wants, then we can get some help but I don't know, we will just wait and see,” Isom said.

Gas was turned off earlier in the day and the power was turned off in the afternoon as barricades closed off 9th to 12th street for the night. That's why the Rand Center off 4th and Highway 30th is the active emergency shelter for displaced residents; emergency managers say it will stay open as long as possible.

Chief Walker said he expected the peak of the flooding to happen around midnight or early Tuesday morning.

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