Flooding near Atchison – Twitter/@KHPAircraft
Craig, Missouri – Twitter/@MSHPTrooperH
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP/KAKE) –
The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local):
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued an executive order to ease regulations for truckers participating in flood relief across the Midwest.
The order exempts commercial motor carriers and operators from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations while traveling in Kansas and directly participating in disaster operations.
“Yesterday, I signed an executive order waiving fees and easing regulation on motor carriers to assist with transporting relief to flood affected areas,” Kelly said. “I’m grateful for the work of our emergency management team and the Kansas National Guard during this critical time. It’s important communities in both states receive the aide they need immediately.”
The regulation exemptions include licensing, certification and permitting; fuel tax permits, and other rules that will allow motor carriers to more quickly bring in necessary supplies and equipment to aid in relief efforts.
The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka will monitor weather conditions and support local emergency management operations.
Another levee has breached as high water levels make their way down the flooding Missouri River.
Buchanan County, Missouri, Emergency Director Management Bill Brinton says an agriculture levee breached around 11 a.m. Thursday just across the river from Atchison, Kansas, where the river is expected to crest at record levels.
Photos of flooding near @CityofAtchison this morning including the levee break. pic.twitter.com/5zZSZud8DJ
— KHP Air Support Unit (@KHPAircraft) March 21, 2019
The Missouri towns of Winthrop and Lewis and Clark Village are at risk of taking on water as the size of the breach grows. But Brinton says most of the 200 people who live in the area already left.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the levee is one of about 20 that have breached in Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Crests in St. Joseph, Missouri, are expected to be the third-highest on record, although only about half a dozen homes in the city aren’t protected by a federal levee.
Authorities have rescued several people stranded by flooding in northwest Missouri.
The State Highway Patrol said in a tweet that water patrol troopers worked into the night Wednesday in and around Craig. Four people were pulled from homes, while three were rescued from a boat that ran out of gas.
Water Patrol Troopers worked into the night yesterday in and around Craig, Missouri, with flood water rescues. There were four people rescued from homes and three from a boat that ran out of fuel. pic.twitter.com/OZbErK3bUU
— MSHP Troop H (@MSHPTrooperH) March 21, 2019
The town of roughly 220 people began flooding after a levee breach, with several homes inundated with water. A local ethanol plant was also shut down amid the flooding.
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The Missouri River swelled following heavy rains and snowmelt earlier this month. The flooding has damaged hundreds of homes in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, and been blamed for at least three deaths.
The flooding has also taken a heavy toll on agriculture, inundating tens of thousands of acres, threatening stockpiled grain and killing livestock.
Interstate 29 near the Iowa state line. Water levels have dropped at this location. Interstate 29 remains closed. pic.twitter.com/kbXdKoNQ74
— MSHP Troop H (@MSHPTrooperH) March 20, 2019
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