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Missouri town evacuated, historic flooding rages throughout central US

Staff Writer |
Historic river flooding persisted throughout the north-central United States on Wednesday, following a 'bomb cyclone' that struck the region last week.

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The recent storms triggered massive snowmelt and dropped heavy rain that have both overwhelmed rivers and waterways.

On Tuesday afternoon, a mandatory evacuation was ordered in the small Missouri town of Craig as the Missouri River rose, according to the Holt County Sheriff’s Department. The town of about 250 residents is located about 110 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri.

The flooding along the Missouri River also led to the suspension of passenger rail traffic along a popular Missouri route.

Amtrak said Tuesday that it was temporarily suspending its Missouri River Runner Service between Kansas City and St. Louis due to the flooding. Chartered buses will substitute transportation for the Missouri River Runner trains through Sunday, March 24.

Also on Tuesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds extended the disaster proclamation to an additional five counties impacted by the recent flooding. The governor has issued proclamations for 41 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

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