Levee Breaks Near Eastern Mo. Town

Sandbags best hope to save homes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2008 12:46 PM CDT
In this June 17, 2008 file photo, members of the Missouri National Guard work on securing the levee along the Mississippi River in Clarksville, Mo.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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(Newser) – A levee failed today in eastern Missouri, but emergency workers say they think an impromptu sandbag levee can save the nearby town. The breach about 5 am in the Pin Oak levee at a spot just south of Winfield slowly began to flood about 3,000 acres. The Army Corps of Engineers said muskrat holes caused the breach.

The good news: the break happened far enough away from the residential area that the water wasn't expected to get there for several hours. National Guard Col. Michele Melton said plans call for a 4-foot-tall sandbag levee to be hurriedly built around the residential area, which contains roughly 100 homes. (Read more Missouri stories.)