Wednesday, June 8, 2011

St. Joseph prepares for Missouri River flood

ST. JOSEPH, MO (KXCV) - St. Joseph officials are very concerned about the coming flooding on the Missouri River.

Donna Miller is the secretary of the board overseeing the levee that protects St. Joseph’s stockyards from the Missouri.

She paints a nightmare scenario for the 77 thousand residents of the northwest Missouri city if the levee is breached. St. Joseph would lose power and sewer. Factories would shut down, including the chemical plant, Omnium.

“You want those chemicals going down the river? I think not! The power outages… the sewer… I mean we can live without lights- we can get generators. But you can’t do anything with potty,” Miller said.

St. Joseph officials are working with the Corps of Engineers to use automated sandbagging machines to protect against a breech or overflow of the levees protecting the city.

Kirk Wayman, KXCV


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