Weather service predicts near 1993 flood levels after weekend storms
By: The Associated Press and Heartland News
Flooding is forcing hundreds of people from their homes and blocking streets and highways across Kansas and now Missouri in the wake of a weekend of violent thunderstorms.
The National Weather Service predicts there could be flooding there comparable to the massive floods of 1993, one of the most costly and devastating in US history. Rivers and streams are overrunning their banks in parts of northwest Missouri and flooding is expected later in the week farther east. Governor Matt Blunt has declared a state of emergency and authorized the mobilization of the Missouri National Guard.
Hundreds of people in Kansas and Iowa have been forced to evacuate. And rain has closed streets and highways across Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
A spokeswoman for the State Emergency Management Agency says emergency shelters are set up in St. Joseph and Mound City. She says evacuations are under way in some towns in Atchison, Holt, Jackson, Clay, Platte, Andrew and Daviess counties.
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