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Flooding Missouri River continues to strain levees

March 26, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Levees shored up by sandbags are holding back the flooding Missouri River east of Kansas City as high water levels make their way downstream.

The river crested Tuesday morning in the Missouri town of Waverly at a record level. About 140 volunteers are sandbagging to protect the kindergarten to 12th-grade building for a school district in nearby Norborne.

Water levels also are high in the Mississippi River, which was expected to flood some parks and railroad tracks as it crests Tuesday in Hannibal. The crest will move Thursday to St. Louis and Sunday to Cape Girardeau, although no major damage is expected in those cities.

Already, about 20 levees have been breached in Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Three have died from flooding, and there has been widespread damage of farmland.

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