Missouri River causes new problems in areas levees broke

Marissa Whitman, 20, wades in about 3 feet of floodwater from the swelling Mississippi River, while guiding a boat carrying her boyfriend Brendan Cameron and his mother, Tory Cameron, to their home along Pet Street, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in East Foley, Mo. "I just need to see if the water reached inside," said Tory. The family had to evacuate Saturday when the water rose suddenly. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri River is causing new problems in a flood-battered part of northwest Missouri where levees were busted in March.

The rain-swollen waterway has again inundated the tiny village of Big Lake in Holt County, where some residents were beginning to clean up after the last deluge.

Holt County emergency management director Tom Bullock said Friday that water levels haven't dropped enough to fix the earthen levees that protect the area after the last round of flooding. That means even moderately high river levels can cause problems. He calls it "a continuous mess."

Several roads are closed again, including U.S. 59, a key transportation artery between northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri.

In eastern Missouri, water levels are falling along the Mississippi River after some levees were busted.