The Mississippi River is falling along most parts of northeast Missouri, but another levee has failed and others are causing concern.
Relief has come to many along the Mississippi River as the level of the river slowly drops. The Army Corps of Engineers though cautions against letting up in the battle to protect communities. The Elm Point Levee was overtopped early Tuesday morning. The Mississippi poured over the levee and finally broke through, sending floodwaters over a soccer field and sod farm. It appeared the floodwaters would overrun a mobile home park, but it stopped short of endangering the homes.
Nicole Dalrymple with the Corps office in St. Louis says members of the National Guard and volunteers attempting to help the levee hold got out of the area in time. No one was injured.
Dalrymple says floodwaters have begun to recede, a bit. The Mississippi has crested along many communities in northeast Missouri, but not all. That might not come until tomorrow or even later this week.
The secondary levee protecting Winfield remains a concern. It has held after floodwaters topped and broke through the main levee.
The St. Louis District of the Army Corps of Engineers , which covers Hannibal south to St. Louis and below the city reports that 12 levees have failed. Many of them are agricultural levees. Many of them are private.
The Rock Island District of the Corps has jurisdiction north of Hannibal, covering the cities of West Quincy, La Grange, Canton and Alexandria as well as cities in Iowa and Illinois farther north. The Rock Island District reports 13 levees in its district have failed, six federal levees. The flooding has been must worst in the Rock Island district.