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June 9, 2011 10:15 PM

Sandbagging efforts ramp up in St. Joseph

While Leavenworth and Parkville have finished sandbagging efforts for this week, St. Joseph is preparing for a full weekend of it to keep the Missouri River at bay. The north area of St. Joseph will be placed under a voluntary evacuation order when the river reaches 25 feet and a mandatory evacuation order at 27 feet. On the south side of the city, a voluntary evacuation will begin at 30 feet. The river is expected to be at 23.1 feet by Saturday, and levels are predicted to be between 27 and 32 feet, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

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