KANSAS CITY, Mo.,— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers emergency management office is monitoring the Missouri River and tributaries after the increased rainfall in the area during May and continuing into June.
The Missouri River stages are at or near flood stage at several locations and are expected to rise higher before cresting within the next several days. Several of the district’s reservoirs have increased pool elevations with Smithville Lake reaching a new high pool.
The district is currently operating the Emergency Operations Center at an emergency watch level meaning that they have increased monitoring of the existing/changing conditions in the area. USACE flood fight assistance is supplemental to state and local efforts and we can provide both technical and direct assistance.
“With all the high water people should always pay attention to the National Weather Service forecasts and National Weather Service watches and warnings,” said Jud Kneuvean, Emergency Management chief. “We continue to monitor and work with the public as needed to assist and reduce the overall risks from flooding.”
The district would like to remind the public to be safe and wear a life jacket when working near floodwaters and never drive into a flash flood situation.
For more information, contact the Public Affairs Office at 816-389-3486.
Release no. PA-2015-33