Levee Breach Reported in Mills County…Evacuations May Be Necessary


August 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Emergency Management officials in Mills County say a 30-foot levee breach has been reported. The section gave way Tuesday afternoon due to saturation from ongoing flooding and recent heavy rains. Authorities said today (Wednesday), that 182nd Street and Gaston Avenue in northwest Mills County have been closed due to fast moving water over the roads.

Residents in the area have been contacted and told to make preparations to evacuate. Larry Hurst, emergency coordinator for the county, said that the breach is not a part of the main Missouri River levee system. Hurst said levee district workers and the National Guard continue to patrol the main levee to assure its integrity and there are no active repair projects under way at this time.

The breach was in the south berm of Saint Mary’s Drainage District, which is south of Allis Road and west of 182nd Street.