Gov. Parson to assess flooding in three MO cities

Gov. Parson to assess flooding in three MO cities
In Clarksville, earlier projections called for river levels to brush within an inch or so of record heights, but due to some upstream levee breaches the river level forecast has changed. (Source: Office of Gov. Mike Parson)

NORTHEAST MISSOURI (KFVS) - Missouri Governor Mike Parson toured three cities impacted by flooding on Monday, June 3.

Gov. Parson made stops in Hannibal, Canton and Clarksville, all communities battling floodwaters from the Mississippi River.

At each stop, he also met with area officials.

Twenty-eight levee breaches have been reported across the state.

In Hannibal, the Mississippi River crested at 30.15 feet on June 1, as the second highest record in history.

In Canton, the Mississippi River crested at 27.11 feet on June 1, as the third highest record in history.

In Clarksville, earlier projections called for river levels to brush within an inch or so of record heights, but due to some upstream levee breaches the river level forecast has changed. With more rain expected locally and upstream, there is a possibility for a secondary crest in the future.

Temporary barriers totaling more 1,560 feet in length around businesses in the downtown area have been built. Storms from June 1 left 27 homes out of power and caused some flooding around the water treatment facility.

“This is all about people helping people, communities helping communities, and continuing to assist each other during these rough times,” Gov. Parson said. “Working together, we’re going to battle this flood for the long haul. The flooding is devastating, and we’re not out of it yet. Today was about witnessing firsthand how Missourians are rallying together to support each other and sharing with local cities that we are here to help.”

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, there are approximately 382 roads closed in 56 counties due to flooding.

The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency continues to coordinate with state and local officials, the National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while ongoing flooding affects many areas across the state.

On May 27, the Missouri National Guard was deployed for flood fighting assistance in Brunswick, Canton, Clarksville, Hannibal, Hardin and Norborne. According to the governor’s office, a mission in Jefferson City includes staging vehicles for high-water rescue.

Missouri Department of Corrections offenders from Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correction Center; Boonville and Tipton Correctional Centers; and Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center are helping with sandbagging efforts in Clarksville, Norborne, New Franklin and Kimmswick.

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