High water continues to make its way down the Missouri River, and the effects – nowhere near as severe as in Nebraska, Iowa and the northwest corner of Missouri – are trickling into Eastern Jackson County.
The river was at 27.52 feet this afternoon at Sibley – well above flood stage, which is 22 feet, but still within the range that the National Weather Service classifies as minor. It’s expected to crest Friday at 29.2 feet – just into moderate flood stage – and then fall rapidly and slip below flood stage early next week.
No flooding has been recorded on the Blue or Little Blue rivers.
Rain, perhaps one-quarter to one-half inch, is expected for the metro Tuesday, starting before dawn.
Upstream, it’s far worse. The Associated Press, citing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said several levees have either failed or water has come over the top.
At Rulo, Nebraska, roughly an hour northwest of St. Joseph and across the river from Holt County, Missouri, the river was reported at 26.79 feet this afternoon. “Major” flood stage is 26 feet. It’s expected to crest Wednesday at 26.9 feet.
Parts of Holt County were under 6 to 7 feet of water, the Associated Press reported, and similar devastation has come to parts of southwest Iowa and much of Nebraska.
Interstate 29 remains closed from Rock Port, Missouri, north to the Omaha/Council Bluffs area.
St. Joseph and Atchison, Kan., are in moderate flood stage and expected to hit major flooding by late Wednesday or Thursday. Leavenworth, Kansas and Parkville are in moderate flooding and not expected to reach major flood stage. The Platte River, which flows into the Missouri, also is high. It’s still in moderate flood stage but crested Sunday at 25.4 feet at Platte City and had fallen a foot by this afternoon.
But the flooding is having effects here:
• Sugar Creek today closed LaBenite Park, which sits on the Missouri where Missouri 291 crosses.
• Amtrak service connecting Kansas City and St. Louis – with stops in Independence and Lee’s Summit – was canceled today because the Union Pacific has had to reroute so many trains. Amtrak says service will be resumed Tuesday.
The UP said it has closed lines of track in Iowa and Nebraska. It’s also closed the line from Kansas City, Kansas, to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where it says water remains over the tracks; it’s unknown when they will reopen.