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Corps: Some levees damaged in 2019 still vulnerable

Water from the flooded Missouri River partially submerges the Jefferson City Memorial Airport, in Jefferson City, Mo., June 6, 2019. Water from the flooded Missouri River partially submerges the Jefferson City Memorial Airport, in Jefferson City, Mo., June 6, 2019. |  Photo: U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Audrey Chappell

JIM SALTER Associated Press
Created: March 31, 2020 03:21 PM

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during last year’s devastating floods remain vulnerable to high water.

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The National Weather Service has said Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri and eastern North Dakota and South Dakota face an above-average flood risk this spring, due largely to soil saturation to the north.

Record flooding in 2019 damaged several levees, many of which have yet to be repaired. 

The Corps says “challenging weather conditions and higher flows” continue, delaying the ability to fully assess damage.
 

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