DES MOINES, Iowa – 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. More than 100 people are sandbagging to shore up the levee that protects the Missouri Air National Guard and Rosencrans Airport.
Across the river, about 1,200 residents of the Kansas town of Elwood were urged to leave.
Kansas City Power & Light says that because of the flooding, crews have shut off power to some customers in five communities, including St. Joseph, which has a population of about 75,000.