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HOLT COUNTY, MO (2011-06-23)
About 600 Holt county residents are now refugees, and the flooding at Big Lake has now reached a new record.
Holt County Emergency operations tells us flood water at Big Lake is measuring about 7 inches above previous records. That includes both the 1993 and 2010 floods. A 4 foot levee is now being constructed around the city of Craig Water Treatment Plant, which serves Craig, the village of Big Lake, and rural water district customers in Holt county. The earthen levee was started today with plastic and sandbags being planned around it. Meanwhile the Mill Creek levee has failed that protected Corning Missouri which is now standing in about 8 feet of water. That breach has flooded everything north of the Big Tarkio River and is now threatening Interstate 29 at the mile marker 99 Exit. And efforts are ongoing to protect the City of Forest city's water treatment plant. Sandbagging should finish today with the hope of protecting that fresh water supplier to a nursing home, county jail, and businesses in Forest City. Officials add that of the 600 evacuees in Holt county right now nearly all have found their own housing.
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