Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Missourians grapple with flooding

A levee breach on the Mississippi River forced more evacuations from a small community north of St. Louis on Tuesday, and authorities rushed to shore up another section of levee near a power plant.

A 100- to 150-foot section of levee gave way outside West Alton, Missouri, near the point where the Missouri River joins the Mississippi, St. Charles County's emergency management office reported. Residents of an estimated 43 homes in the area, about 18 miles north of downtown St. Louis, have been told to evacuate.

The levee failed around noon (1 p.m. ET). By evening, authorities were scrambling to bolster about a three-quarter-mile section of levee near Portage des Sioux, about nine miles upstream from West Alton.