Corps closes Missouri River levee break near Rock Port

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CRAIG, MISSOURI – MARCH 22: A home is surrounded by floodwater on March 22, 2019 in Craig, Missouri. Midwest states are battling some of the worst flooding they have experienced in decades as rain and snow melt from the recent “bomb cyclone” has inundated rivers and streams. At least three deaths have been linked to the flooding. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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ROCK PORT, Mo. — Work crews have closed the final breach of a Missouri River levee in the far northwest corner of Missouri that broke open during massive flooding last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District said in a news release.

The break just southwest of Rock Port was one of several along the levee section that saw thousands of acres of mostly farmland submerged and a section of Interstate 29 and other roads in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas damaged and closed to traffic for weeks.

Crews will continue finalizing repairs to restore the levee section to its pre-flood height, the Corps said. Crews have been scrambling to make repairs ahead of spring and the possibility of renewed flooding along the river.

The National Weather Service has said Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri and eastern North Dakota and South Dakota face an above-average flood risk this spring. The flood risk is close to normal in Montana and the western half of the Dakotas.

There are more than 500 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers, and tributaries that experienced significant flood damage since March 2019.

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