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July 7, 2014

High water postpones MR340 canoe and kayak race on Missouri River

Several areas are expected to be at flood stage during the scheduled time of the annual Missouri American Water MR340 race, creating unsafe conditions. The more than 600 participants instead will be invited to race Aug. 12-15, starting at Kaw Point Park in Kansas City, Kan., and ending in St. Charles, Mo.

High water on the Missouri River has forced organizers to postpone the paddle boat race between Kansas City, Kan., and St. Charles, Mo., that was to have begun Tuesday morning.

The more than 600 participants instead will be invited to race Aug. 12-15.

The race was to begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Kaw Point Park in KCK and conclude late Wednesday and early Thursday in St. Charles, Mo.

But the National Weather Service projects the river will crest above flood stage at Waverly, Miami and Glasgow on Wednesday and at Boonville on Thursday.

“The Coast Guard and Water Patrol don’t advise people to be on the river in those conditions and we want everyone to be safe,” said Ann Dettmer, the external affairs manager for Missouri American Water, the company that sponsors the annual Missouri American Water MR340 race.

During high water the river is swifter and sandbars become submerged.

“The paddlers have fewer points at which they can get off the river,” Dettmer said.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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