Breached levee in eastern Jackson County causes flooding to Levasy

A levee that serves eastern Jackson County was breached Saturday morning, causing parts of Levasy to flood and families to evacuate.

Several houses are partially underwater, and boats were being deployed to bring residents to safety as flood water reached parts of the city late Saturday afternoon, Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forté posted on Twitter.

Sgt. Andy Bell, a spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said authorities helped 10 people and their pets evacuate by boat as the water continued to rise. Four homes were unreachable by vehicle, he said.

No injuries have been reported.

“The water levels of Levasy have never been this high based on statements from residents and other emergency personnel on scene,” said Forté. “We have allocated resources to monitor this incident over the next 24 hours.”

Only residents of Levasy will be allowed into the city, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter. Residents need to show proof of residency to enter.

Earlier in the day, emergency crews from Central Jackson County and Fort Osage Fire Protection districts conducted a water rescue.

Deputy Raashid Brown, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told KSHB at least one family and several animals were rescued.

In response to the flooding, the American Red Cross opened a shelter at Buckner United Methodist Church, which is located at 109 S. Hudson St. in Buckner, Missouri.

Glenn E. Rice covers crime, courts and breaking news for The Kansas City Star, where he’s worked since 1988. Rice is a Kansas City native and a graduate of the University of Central Missouri.
Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.