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NW Missouri Town Floods After Levees Give Way

BIG LAKE, MO - The northwest Missouri town of Big Lake is flooded after Missouri River levees gave way.

Holt County commissioner Mark Sitherwood says five major levees along the Missouri River south of the town broke Monday.  The water from those breaks reached Big Lake yesterday.

Sitherwood says the town is completely under water.  No injuries are reported.

Big Lake is about two miles from the Missouri River and about 35 miles northwest of St. Joseph.

Meanwhile, St. Joseph was spared flooding when the Missouri River crested about four feet lower than predicted.

In Parkville, 18 businesses were closed after a mandatory evacuation was ordered for the southern part of town closest to the river.

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