Mandatory evacuation issued for part of Howard County

PETERSBURG, Mo. – Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order for some residents of a central Missouri county where the Missouri River has topped a levee.

KRCG reports Howard County emergency management co-director Bill John said the levee near Petersburg is expected to fail soon.

The evacuation includes residents in Franklin, NewFranklin and a stretch along Highway 5 from the Boonville Bridge to New Franklin. The zone essentially covers all of the Missouri River bottom from Petersburg to Rocheport.

The Red Cross is opening a shelter at the Open Bible Praise Center in Boonville for affected residents.

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