Steady river levels dampen threat after levee breach in Lincoln County

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:50 AM

(KMOV.com) – Mississippi River levels remained steady on Saturday, ending a scare after a levee was breached near Winfield on Friday afternoon.

The Bob’s Creek Levee is not a mainline Mississippi River levee, but blocks water from the creek. As river levels rose, the creek backed up, and a 150-foot section of the levee failed.

Cory Swafford, Winfield-Foley Fire Chief, said about 90 homes could be affected by the breach. An estimated 30 to 40 homes had been damaged by rising water on Friday night.

Fire and police officials went door to-door, warning residents they should consider moving to higher ground. Most residents decided to stay in their homes overnight.

A flash flood warning issued for Lincoln County ended at 12 a.m. Saturday.

While officials say it was not an urgent emergency, homes in the path of the breach were expected to see flooding as waters rise.

No word yet on what caused the levee to fail.

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