Levees overflow in Missouri as river rises

KANSAS CITY, Mo.

Levees overflow in Missouri as river rises

Several levees in northern Missouri were failing Sunday to hold back the surge of water being released from upstream dams, and locals braced themselves for more breaches as the Missouri River dipped but then rose again. A hole in the side of a Holt County levee continued to grow, deluging the state park and recreational area in Big Lake, a community of fewer than 200 people 78 miles north of Kansas City. The water — some from recent rain — started pouring over levees Saturday night and Sunday morning in Holt and Atchison counties, flooding farmland, numerous homes and cabins. The Missouri River dipped by almost 1 foot after the Big Lake breach in Missouri, but water started to rise again by Sunday afternoon, said Jud Kneuvean, chief of emergency management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Kansas City District.

WASHINGTON

No bomb found on plane after threat

A bomb threat made by someone at a Dayton, Ohio, airport ticket counter caused flights at Reagan National Airport to be grounded for a time as authorities searched a US Airways plane but found no explosives, authorities said Sunday. FBI spokesman Andrew Ames said no hazards were found aboard the plane that landed about 1 p.m. at the airport just outside Washington. Airport police took the person who made the threat to a mental health facility in Dayton, the FBI said.

United says flights back on schedule

United Airlines said Sunday that it was resuming normal operations after computer outages that had delayed flights over the weekend. Spokesman Charles Hobart said hackers were not involved in a five-hour computer outage that virtually shut down United Airlines Friday night and early Saturday. He said United canceled 16 flights on Friday and about 25 on Saturday.

Elsewhere

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Times wires

Levees overflow in Missouri as river rises 06/20/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 20, 2011 12:26am]

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