Two levees breached Monday, but the worst of Missouri River flooding is yet to come as the Army Corp of Engineers prepare to release record amounts of water from Gavins Point Dam. Although that point on the Missouri River will hit its peak Tuesday, National Weather Service Spokesperson Michael Eckert said the fight against the rising waters would be complicated by more showers and thunderstorms.

Michael Eckert

Yesterday, the swelling Missouri River ruptured two levees in northwest Missouri, sending floodwaters toward the Iowa town of Hamburg and the Big Lake resort in Missouri. According to Colonel Bob Ruch, Commander of the Omaha District, the busted levee near Hamburg is located south of the previous three partial breaches.

Bob Ruch

Corps officials said the breaches won’t lower the flood stage downstream toward Kansas City, but it will probably delay the peaks. By Wednesday, floodwaters are expected to reach the top of a secondary levee protecting Hamburg.

The Army Corps of Engineers said crews are working to add another 3 feet to that levee. If it breaks, parts of Hamburg could be under 10 feet of standing water.