Emergency operations officials are keeping a close eye on Northwest Missouri as flooding continues. Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O’Connell says evacuations and emergency supplies are ongoing.
O’Connell says Big Lake has been evacuated, as well as Corning. Craig has requested a pump but is not evacuating as of yet.
He says the river is still cresting throughout the state, except in Glasgow and Jefferson City, where it’s falling.
He says while the river’s still rising in some areas, it’s starting to fall in others. He says areas at risk have gotten plenty of warning to prevent injuries or deaths, and state agencies are responding quickly and efficiently.
O’Connell says several agencies, including MoDOT, the Highway and Water Patrols, State Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are coordinating efforts. He says local law enforcement is also doing a good job of keeping residents in Northwest Missouri abreast of the impending situation.
With the rivers swollen, it appears it’s only the Missouri pushing people from their homes. O’Connell says the Mississippi, although rising, is not presenting a problem.
Some homes, he says, with as much as six feet of water.
An emergency operations center has been set up in Fortescue.
View the current flood stages at the SEMA Web site. (County by county breakdown of problems and operations are also posted there.)