Levee breaks threaten some along river

June 20, 2008 8:45:00 AM PDT
Emergency officials in Missouri say it looks like at least some of the sandbagging efforts have succeeded. Authorities are checking to see if there were any significant breaches overnight after three levees along the Mississippi River broke yesterday in Lincoln County. That sent a slow wave of water toward the town of Foley and raised concerns about other nearby towns.

But county emergency officials say inland levees have held and eastern Winfield will likely be saved.

Foley has not fared as well. Most residents were evacuated yesterday and this morning stagnant water covered lawns and roads in the eastern part of town.

The breaches improved the outlook for communities downstream. The National Weather Service has lowered flood crest predictions, though it's warning there still will be places with "major flooding." And forecasters say Missouri and Iowa can expect more rain as showers and thunderstorms move into the area over the next two days.


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