News from the Water Services Department
CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, 816-513-0232
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2011
Missouri River not projected to flood Kansas City, Mo.
City held Kansas City Levee Committee meeting to discuss increased flows
The City of Kansas City, Mo., held a special meeting of the Kansas City Levee Committee on Monday, June 6 to discuss the increased flows on the Missouri River and the impacts associated with these increased flows. (Representatives from the following City departments attended the meeting: Aviation; Parks and Recreation; Public Works; and Water Services. Gene Shepherd, the City’s emergency manager, also attended the meeting.)
During this meeting, it was discussed that current projections do not indicate that the Missouri River will flood in Kansas City, Mo. These projections have been provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has projected significant increased flows and high river stages on the Missouri River, caused by the excessive rainfall and the higher than normal snowpack in the upper Missouri River Basin.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has made two forecasts for the Missouri River in Kansas City. The lower forecast stage is 30 feet and the upper stage is 39 feet. In comparison, the 1993 flood reached a flood stage of 48.87 feet and the only other flood event to exceed 39 feet occurred in 1844.
Efforts are underway to prepare for high river levels and to make necessary preparations in case the river level exceeds current projections. These activities include: increased inspections, testing of equipment reliability (pumps, valves), condition assessment of stop log gaps and stop logs, preparation for sandbagging operations, and other flood fight preparations.
Questions regarding this press release can be addressed to Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, Water Services Department at 816-513-0232.
The Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection, processing and distribution systems, storm water management and control systems, and waste water collection and processing systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City region. The utility operation is funded by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not by taxes.