One local levee has garnered the attention of the Army Corps of Engineers. According to Jud Kneuvean, Chief of Emergency Management for the Kansas City District, aerial inspections have uncovered a few issues between Kansas City and Saint Louis.
“The one levee system that we are the most concerned about right now is the Sugar Tree levee in Carroll County. It has sustained a fairly significant slide. We are discussing options to try to address that. The concern with losing that levee system is that we loose Highway 65 which is the north/south arterial,” Kneuvean said. “The feeling is if we did, it’d be underwater until the end of August.”
Army Corps officials continue to monitor water levels along the Missouri River after recent rains dumped more water into the river system, increasing flooding concerns in some areas.
Kneuvean said they’re concerned about localized rainfall totals. “We are meeting those low flow conditions that we have discussed for the last month. It will continue to keep those stages fairly flat and high. Anything above that may have some effect on us. What we are really concerned about is the effect on the tie back systems for the levees along those tributaries. We believe that is where we will probably see the greatest impact. We will see over the next few days if we are going to meet any of those weather forecasts,” Kneuvean adds.
Bruce Sullivan, with the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, said the strongest activity will be across central and eastern portions of South Dakota. “The front should continue to settle southward into Kansas and Missouri by Wednesday and settling even further south as we get in toward the end of the week. Another cold front will bring the risk of showers and thunderstorms to northern portions of the Missouri River Valley region Thursday and Friday. However, at this time, we expect the activity to be rather scattered and generally progressive,” Sullivan said.