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Levee breaks near Jefferson City as Missouri River swells

June 27, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A levee has broken north of Jefferson City as the Missouri River surges yet again there.

Jefferson City police said Thursday in a news release that crews are attempting to make repairs to the Turkey Creek levee. The release says the break isn’t threatening either U.S. 63 or 54.

The break comes as the river prepares to crest Friday in the state capital at 29.9 feet (about 9 meters. That will be the fifth time it’s crested there since April. The other crests have ranged from 28.13 feet (about 8.5 meters) to 33.44 feet (about 10 meters).

Flooding has closed the Jefferson City Memorial Airport for nearly four weeks. Cleanup had been underway this week before rising waters once again left parts of it underwater.

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