State, city officials preparing for flooding along Missouri River this weekend

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Missouri River levels are expected to rise dramatically this weekend with a 1.5-foot rise expected by Saturday in some areas.

Crews shut down Interstate 29 at the Missouri-Iowa state line due to high water.

The Iowa Department of Transportation's website shows the interstate or parts of it shut down for about 85 miles, from around Missouri Valley to the Missouri state line. Motorists are directed to alternate routes.

Gov. Mike Parson said in a news release that northwest Missouri is already experiencing significant flooding that's closing roads and impacting homeowners and farmers.

The governor said the state is working with Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa to prepare detour plans in anticipation of the rising floodwaters closing major roadways.

The Missouri National Guard is temporarily relocating the 139th Airlift Wing's C-130s from Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in St. Joseph as a precautionary measure.

Closer to the metro, along the Missouri River in Leavenworth, people were filling up sandbags to protect property.

In Parkville, officials closely monitored the river's levels all day Friday, and crews removed items, such as trash cans and porta-potties, from two popular parks near the river to keep them from contaminating the water if it rises.

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