Private levee overtops in Malta Bend bottoms

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
By Marcia Gorrell/Democrat-News

Late on Friday July 8, a private levee in the Missouri River bottoms below Malta Bend began over topping. Volunteers had spent more than a week, working 24 hours a day to save it. Over 10,000 sandbags were put down to try to hold the water back, but in the end the river kept rising and it became to dangerous for workers. This is the first time since 1993, the 500 acres behind the levee have been totally flooded. Water now pushes against the Malta Bend levee.