June 4th, 2013
07:22 AM ET

Levee breach threatens hundreds in Missouri

Hundreds of people were being evacuated from their homes in Missouri after a levee was breached Monday night.

Officials in St. Charles County near St. Louis activated warning sirens after the levee broke, a statement from the county said.

Earlier Monday, a bridge connecting West Alton, Missouri, and Alton, Illinois, was shutdown after a temporary flood barricade gave way.

Forecasters say there could be major flooding Tuesday. The Mississippi River at St. Louis was 10.1 feet above flood stage Monday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website.


Filed under: Flooding • Missouri • Weather
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Insurance Adjuster

    Dejavu all over again: Santa Anna winds flaming fires in California and there will be mud slides in the fall and winter; floods in the midwest; tornadoes in tornado alley; hurricanes on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. There's nothing new here, folks, just the same old weather. Build to code and buy adequate insurance. Don't be like that post Sandy New Jersey freeloader who wants FEMA to rebuild the beach front home he had no insurance on.

    June 4, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Good advice@In Adj.
    Nothing much else one can do against ol'weather.

    June 4, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @saywhat,chrissy,hey all and sorry about the troll crap...This flood deal reminds me of people adjusting to life on the Mississippi river and building homes built on stilts that keep them above the fray every season..Maybe these states in Missouri,Oklahoma and others should look into their ideas in the Mississippi and copy as well..Wouldn't hurt because eventually these insurance companies government or not will leave like they did in Florida or give you sky high premiums to pay ,either ones disastrous with todays economy...

      June 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Hope scottish mama is ok. Haven"t seen her here but i think of her often.

    June 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ritmocojo

    "If it keeps on rainin' levee's going to break." Led Zepellin.

    June 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. observer

    Your gonna need a bigger boat

    June 9, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |