Overtopped levee breaches in Lincoln County

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WINFIELD, MO – The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Winfield on Sunday because of a breach in the Pin Oaks levee.  Lincoln County Emergency Management officials said the message was simple for anyone living in an area protected by that levee.

“Get out,” said EMA Director Jim Sharp.

He said evacuations had already begun in the East Winfield subdivision on Saturday.  The breach happened on Sunday afternoon.  Sharp said this latest flooding means an estimated 50 homes will be flooded.  The Mississippi River is expected to crest in Winfield on Monday at 38.6 feet.  The highest ever recorded crest in Winfield was in 39.6 feet in 1993.

Winfield Police Officers stood guard at the entry to East Winfield to keep away anyone who didn’t belong in the area so residents who needed to leave the area would not be slowed down.  A shelter has been set up at Winfield High School to help residents.

“If you have not evacuated, we ask that you please take shelter,” said Winfield Mayor Ryan Ruckel.  “That’s the most important thing.”   He also asked sightseers to stay away.

It’s been an extremely difficult flood season in Winfield.  Volunteers and first responders worked tirelessly to secure the levee and add sandbags to make it higher.  Ruckel said, “We’ve had our first round a couple of weeks ago and we thought that was subsiding and we thought maybe it was going to give us a break and then here we come now, we’re up to the second highest in Winfield ever.”

The Mississippi River in Winfield is expected to crest on Monday just one foot shy of the record flood level recorded in 1993.

You can keep up to date on the latest conditions in Lincoln County through the county’s EMA website.

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