This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. And so - and you know, we're not even into flood season yet. It's just speeding, steep, powerful. June 03, 2019 04:47 PM, ... Closer to Kansas City, flooding has hit eastern Jackson County, where two levees were breached along the Missouri River Saturday near the … — MoDOT Kansas City (@MoDOT_KC) May 28, 2020 3:20 p.m. | The Clay County Sheriff's Office said water rose 1.5 feet in just 30 minutes near Northeast 137th Street & … NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. Excess water that hasn’t evaporated, combined with heavier snowfalls and early storms, could set the conditions for a 2020 with more flooding, said Kansas Adjutant General Lee … GARCIA-NAVARRO: Well, that Missouri River has been blowing out record-high flood crests some places in the last week. Jim Baskas (ph), a longtime Leavenworth resident, pulled up and took a look. I was a little guy, but I remember that one. We've seen some levees breached.
And the corps is not anticipating new highs along the Missouri River this week as the crest kind of rolls across the state of Missouri toward the Mississippi. GARCIA-NAVARRO: That's Frank Morris of member station KCUR. And untreated sewage is just sloshing out into the river, or into the flood. But the actual river, that river is is something else, again. All rights reserved. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record. Of course, there's a bunch of snowmelt still coming our way.
The ground's saturated.
And like a lot of streams and tributaries, it's backed up. Today the crest of that flood is expected to roll through Kansas City, and that's where Frank Morris of member station KCUR has been reporting. Also, the floodwaters have not been as severe. Thanks so much for the update. MORRIS: Well, of course the damage up in Nebraska and Iowa is extensive and heavy, you know, maybe approaching $3 billion worth. Accuracy and availability may vary. Copyright © 2019 NPR. And there's a wastewater treatment plant that was just inundated. Frank, good morning. GARCIA-NAVARRO: So if the river levels aren't breaking records anymore - we only have a few seconds left - are people relieved? And like a lot of Leavenworth residents, Sheila Stephenson (ph) came by to take a look yesterday. Down into Kansas, as the Missouri River - I'm covering the Missouri River - comes through Kansas and Missouri, it's not as bad. JIM BASKAS: This is the third one. And, again, the river is just kind of awesome. We Insist: A Timeline Of Protest Music In 2020. Is that still happening? And when she saw the river, she was just stunned. SHEILA STEPHENSON: Oh, my God, it's just crazy. You know, in St. Joseph, Mo., up north of here, that was just a few inches from the record set in 1993, this huge flood in 1993. MORRIS: Not really because the levees are in terrible shape. There's been houses flooded, forced evacuation orders for parts of different towns, thousands of acres of farms and a lot of grain sitting on the ground just ruined in floodwater. MORRIS: No. But this here - the sewage treatment here - that - boy, that's something else. MORRIS: And that plant is on a little tiny creek that is now at least a half-mile wide. But the record flooding is causing problems. Back in 1953 was worse than this. At Leavenworth, though, it's still intense - you know, the second-highest water level on record. You can see these big tree trunks, fuel tanks, parts of buildings zipping by. The flooding on the Missouri River in the past week has broken lots of records as it's made its way downstream. The whole system is full. The View Of Midwest Flooding From Kansas City The flooding on the Missouri River in the past week has broken lots of records as it's made ... 2019 8:13 AM … In Leavenworth, Kan., on the Missouri River, the town's built mostly up on a hill above the flood plain.
And '93, it was bad. I ain't seen nothing like this in years - since '93, right? There was warning here, and people got out. Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska - across the Midwest, there has been massive flooding that has killed at least three people in the region and caused billions of dollars in damages. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, has said the situation is expected to become more dire in what it predicts will be an unprecedented flood season with, quote, two million - "200 million people at risk," as the impacts from climate change are happening now.