Northwest Missouri prepares for imminent flooding
Northwest Missourians were preparing Thursday to either evacuate or help fill sandbags as the Missouri River approached what Gov. Jay Nixon said would be “unprecedented” water levels — even for a region that has plenty experience dealing with floods.
Massive loads of sand and more than 75,000 sandbags were placed in strategic spots around Holt County, and residents there were waiting to see where the sandbags were most needed to reinforce the river’s banks.
“It’s coming, and we’re ready,” said Kathy Kunkel, Holt County clerk. “This is not our first flood. … We didn’t even leave flood mode from last year.”