Missouri, Mississippi river flooding causes new woes


Communities along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are piling up sandbags as another round of flooding strains levees.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says more than 40 levees have been overtopped across Missouri in less than two weeks. State Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Caty Eisterhold says a weekend Mississippi River levee breach near Winfield flooded an estimated 50 homes, and several communities have been forced to evacuate.

The flood has strained the transportation system. The U.S. Coast Guard says more than 700 miles of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers are closed to navigation. That includes a stretch of the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Louis.

About 360 roads remain closed. And Amtrak has suspended service on a route between Kansas City and St. Louis.

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