Authorities rescue several from northwest Missouri flooding

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – Authorities have rescued several people left stranded after flooding in northwest Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a tweet that water patrol troopers worked into the night Wednesday in and around Craig, pulling four people from homes and three from a boat that ran out of fuel. The town of 220 began flooding after a levee breach. An ethanol plant there also was forced to shut down.

The city tweeted multiple pictures of water-filled homes before ending the day by writing , “Sleep tight River Rats tomorrow is a new day.”

The Missouri River continues to wreak havoc as high water levels make their way downstream. The river initially was expected to crest Thursday in St. Joseph, but new forecasts call for it to crest at a slightly higher level Friday of about 12.1 feet (3.69 meters) above flood stage, the third-highest level on record.

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