Missouri River flooding potential

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The City of New Haven will host a community meeting at 7 p.m. June 23 at the Walt Theatre, 111 Front Street, to discuss the potential for Missouri River flooding this season.

All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

Record releases from the upstream Missouri River reservoirs are expected to keep the river at or near flood stage until mid-August at minimum. If rainfall over this period is normal or below, we would not expect the flood risk to be very high. However, if rainfall is above average or higher, the flood risk increases and we may need to sandbag the levee to protect downtown.

The City currently has 500 tons of sand in stockpile and approximately 75,000 sandbags, and we have plans in place to get more quickly if needed. While the City will utilize its own crews and any available help through local and state agencies, it is very likely that we will need volunteer help if sandbagging is needed.

The purpose of the June 23 meeting will be to review information from the Corps of Engineers, National Weather Service and other agencies, and to review and discuss our local planning if the river does in fact get to an action stage.

Information will be posted on the city website and will be relayed to local media. The main websites we are monitoring are below. (These links are all on the City website):

Missouri River Crest Forecast
Hermann River Stage
Kansas City Corps of Engineers

We are also compiling an email list for people to receive updates and other notifications. Please email steve.roth@newhavenmo.org to add your email address to the list.
Thank you.