Residents in West Alton were urged to evacuate their homes after Mississippi River waters overflowed a temporary sandbag barricade. By Brendan Marks
By Belo Content KMOV
WEST ALTON, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to survey flooding along the Mississippi River north of St. Louis.
Nixon was heading to St. Charles County on Friday for an aerial look at the high water and the condition of levees. He scheduled a meeting afterward in West Alton with local and county emergency managers, law enforcement officers, County Executive Steve Ehlmann and officials of North County Consolidated Levee District.
Heavy rain last week caused a sudden rise in the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers and some smaller waterways in the region. A couple of levees failed in recent days in the area of West Alton, Mo., and Alton, Ill.