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      Mid-Missouri officials prepare for Missouri River flooding

      Flood waters in 1993 reached historic levels.

      As the Missouri River continues to rise, many of our viewers are expressing concerns about flooding near their homes.

      Emergency officials said flood levels are dependent on a number of factors including the amount of rainfall during the coming weeks and the rate of flow from floodgates upstream.

      During the past few weeks, the Upper Missouri River Basin has received nearly a year TMs worth of rainfall. In addition, the forecast for snow melt runoff is more than 200% above normal across the upper portion of the Missouri River System. Federal, state and local officials are watching water levels along the Missouri River in Mid-Missouri on a daily basis as they prepare to coordinate efforts to deal with flooding.

      One of the biggest businesses along the Missouri River in Mid-Missouri is Boonville TMs Isle of Capri casino. Emergency officials predict there won TMt be any problems there.

      Cooper County officials said their biggest problems are in the small river town of Wooldridge where a 30-year-old levee is in need of major repairs.

      Cooper County Emergency Management Director Tom White said, It TMs very overgrown. It has a lot of underbrush on it. It has a drain pipe that TMs not closing properly. It TMs just allowing the seep waters and the back waters from the Petite, Saline and Missouri Rivers to come back in.

      Boone County officials are preparing for the worst with more than 52,000 sandbags and several water pumps as they prepare for flooding in Rocheport, Hartsburg and Huntsdale.

      Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp said, We have sand in place in the Rocheport and Hartsburg areas. We do have an inventory of sandbags. We asked all of the agencies in Boone County to take an inventory of their supplies. At this point, we TMre just monitoring the river and seeing what the prediction is. Fortunately for us in the next 5 to 7 days, it barely reaches flood stage, if it even goes over flood stage at 21 feet there in Boonville. That TMs kind of the gauge that we are monitoring.

      Mid-Missouri emergency management officials along the Missouri River hope their levees hold as record releases of water from dams upstream are expected to continue into August.

      Governor Jay Nixon has directed 3 Missouri National Guard Task Forces to coordinate flood fighting efforts.