Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breeches levees

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hundreds of homes have flooded in northwest Missouri after the Missouri River overtopped and breached several farm levees.

Holt County emergency management director Tom Bullock says there is 6 to 7 feet (1.8 to 2.1 meters) of water in many homes. He says one couple was rescued in a helicopter, and some businesses also have flooded.

The Missouri Department of Transportation also reported about 100 flood-related road closures in the state, including a stretch of Interstate 29.

The Missouri River already has crested upstream of Omaha, Nebraska. The National Weather Service says it will crest Thursday in St. Joseph at 10.4 feet (3.2 meters) above flood stage, which would be the third highest on record. Military C-130 planes were evacuated last week from the Rosecrans Air National Guard base in preparation.

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