Officials hope sandbags will save eastern Mo. town

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WINFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- The levee has been lost at the eastern Missouri town of Winfield, but emergency workers are still hoping to save about 100 homes.

The breach in the Pin Oak levee occurred at about 5 a.m. at a spot just south of Winfield and slowly began to flood about 3,000 acres. The Army Corps of Engineers' dam safety chief says muskrat holes caused the breach.

The good news: the break happened far enough away from the residential area that the water isn't expected to get there for several hours.

National Guard Colonel Michele Melton says plans call for a four-foot-tall sandbag levee to be hurriedly built around the residential area.

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