Homes flood, lives lost as river breaches levees

National News

March 19, 2019 - 10:18 AM

The Elkhorn River in Nebraska spilled over its banks, a scenario that has caused growing concern to officials in states to the north.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) ? Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger.

About 200 miles of levees were compromised ? either breached or overtopped ? in four states, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. Even in places where the water level peaked in those states ? Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas ? the current was fast and the water so high that damage continued to pile up. The flooding was blamed for at least three deaths.

?The levees are busted and we aren?t even into the wet season when the rivers run high,? said Tom Bullock, the emergency management director for Missouri?s Holt County.

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