Crews continue their flood fight efforts along the Missouri river, despite the recent heat and dry weather that is gripping much of the Midwest. The Army Corps of Engineers is urging residents along the Missouri River to remain active. “The levees are performing as expected, but a lot of them are designed to be flood fought,” according to Jud Kneuvean, Chief of Emergency Management for the Kansas City District.
“We know they are going to seep and we know we are going to have issues with sand boils after a certain amount of time. It is incumbent upon the local levee sponsor, with our support, to manage these issues. At this point, the activity with the sand boils and seepage is directly correlated to stage. As the river goes up, activity increases. As the levels drop, it decreases,” Kneuvean said.
Crews in the field continue to battle the elements and fatigue. “People can only go so long before they need to take a break. Sandbagging and ringing sand boils is hard work. The guys are slinging 35 to 40 pound sandbags and that can wear on a person over time,” Kneuvean added.
Mike Eckert, a forecaster with the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC), said the recent heat wave showed little sign of letting up Monday. “The forecast calls for generally light rainfall amounts over the upper, middle, and lower portions of the basin over the next five days. There will be a slight chance Wednesday evening for some relief from the heat and we could see some thunderstorm activity in portions of Nebraska and Iowa,” Eckert said.
Corps officials plan to hold releases at 150,000 cubic feet per second from August first through August 12th, according to the latest forecast models.