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Missouri Declares State of Emergency

Floodwaters threatening critical infrastructure

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states. Parson's action will allow state agencies to work directly with local officials responding to flooding. Parson, along with the state'... More »

New Crisis Hits Flooded Cities

Water treatment plants shut down

(Newser) - As some communities along the Missouri River start to shift their focus to flood recovery after a late-winter storm, residents in two Iowa cities are stuck in crisis mode after their treatment plants shut down and left them in need of fresh water, the AP reports. Tanker trucks from the... More »

Missing Waitress Found in Car in Missouri River

Toni Anderson had gone missing after leaving work at bar in January

(Newser) - A Kansas City woman missing for two months has been found in her car at the bottom of the Missouri River, reports the Kansas City Star . "We just got the news—there’s a body in her car," said Liz Anderson, mother of 20-year-old Toni Anderson, on Friday... More »

After Flooding, US Farms Buried Under Feet of Sand

Last summer's flooding has wreaked havoc on Iowa, Nebraska farms

(Newser) - Mason Hansen's days used to be occupied with corn and soybeans; now the Iowa farmer deals mainly with sand. Despite nine months spent hauling away tons of sand dropped when the flooded Missouri River engulfed his farm last summer, parts of the property still look like a desert, with... More »

Pipeline Rupture Spills Crude Into Yellowstone River

Up to 42,000 gallons of oil heading toward Missouri River

(Newser) - Up to 42,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline in Montana is surging through a flood-swollen Yellowstone River, creating an environmental mess that is threatening to reach the Missouri River, reports the Wall Street Journal . The Exxon Mobile pipeline, which runs under the Yellowstone River to a refinery... More »

Floodwaters Breach Nebraska Nuke Berm

Water hits transformers, triggering shutdown of electricity

(Newser) - Floodwaters have poured over a berm surrounding a Nebraska nuclear power plant, forcing a shutdown of electricity used to control cooling systems. Emergency generators were used until an off-site power supply could be connected to the Fort Calhoun plant, and officials say there has been no danger to the public,... More »

Rising Missouri River Almost Shuts Down Nuclear Plant

River came within 18 inches of forcing the shutdown

(Newser) - The Missouri River rose to within 18 inches of forcing the shutdown of a nuclear power plant in southeast Nebraska but stopped and ebbed slightly, a plant spokesman said today. The river has to hit 902 feet above sea level at Brownville before officials will shut down the Cooper Nuclear... More »

Missouri River Threatens to Flood Iowa Town

Rising waters have already led to floods in other areas

(Newser) - The Midwest continues to struggle with flooding, as a small Iowa town evacuated today to escape the rising waters of the Missouri River. The Army Corps of Engineers is building an emergency levee to hold back the waters, which are expected to reach record levels in the next few weeks... More »

30-Pound Carp Beans Racing Kayaker

Flying fish forces racer out of river competition

(Newser) - Kayaker Brad Pennington was among the favorites to win the Missouri River 340 canoe and kayak race before a fish intervened. A 30-pound Asian silver carp jumped out of the water and hit him "like a brick," forcing him to withdraw from the endurance race with a pounding... More »

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