Flood warnings remain in place, high water expected to continue

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for areas in Saline County along the Missouri River effective until Tuesday, June 18.

At Glasgow, as of 9:30 a.m., river level was 35.6 feet. Flood stage at that point on the river is 25 feet with projections of a minor lowering of the flood level to 35.4 by Friday morning. In Miami, the Thursday morning flood level registered at 31.5 feet, with normal level 18.0 feet. The situation was much the same at Waverly, with levels at 30.6 feet, and normal levels topped after 20.0 feet.

Saline County is not the only place in the area fighting high water levels after the heavy snows and excessive rain that has covered the Midwest this fierce spring. Emergency personnel in the area and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encourage residents to remember that while the rain has largely slowed down in the area, and water levels in some places may seem to be receding, the rivers and lakes are still high and dangerous and will remain that way for a while. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used the phrase “turn around-don’t drown” when reminding the public never to walk or drive into standing water.

According to recent reports, Truman Lake reached a record “pool” on May 31, 33 feet above normal pool level and is currently releasing 40,000 cubic feet of water per second. As extreme as this release remains, the Corps of Engineer’s anticipate increased releases in the future as space becomes available on the Ozark and Missouri rivers. The road over Truman Dam is currently closed, as are all boat ramps but Berry Bend High Water ramp. All swimming beaches are closed and will remain closed until further notice. Camping reservations that have been cancelled due to high water will be fully refunded. Any questions about holiday plans involving Truman Lake and the surrounding area can be addressed to the Corps of Engineer’s reservation hotline at 1-877-444-6777. The Corps can be contacted at 1-660-438-7317, ext. 1.

Remember, flood warnings and severe weather alerts will remain in place in the Marshall area until further notice, and are in place at this time until Tuesday, June 18.

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