Flood threatens ‘tremendous loss’

Both the economic and personal losses would be staggering should Ray County’s levees significantly fail or be overtopped by Missouri River flood water.
“We’ve got our eyes on about 2,000 people that could be displaced if we have a levee breach or something,” Eastern Commissioner Allen Dale said Friday after making a daily levee inspection with Ray County Sheriff Sam Clemens. Several communities have established shelters should evacuations be needed. Late last week, Richmond City Administrator Ron Brohammer said the city hall gym and other temporary shelter would be made available in an emergency. Churches in several Ray County communities also have plans to open their doors to evacuees. Governor visits On June 30, Gov. Jay Nixon touched down in a Blackhawk helicopter in Henrietta a little after 5 p.m. to discuss his plan for low-lying, flood-prone areas. Nixon was accompanied by Missouri National Guard Adjutant General Stephen Danner and Colonel Greg Mason. Nixon spoke at the Ray County Sheriff’s Annex in Henrietta with the three Ray County commissioners, County Prosecutor Danielle Rogers, Sheriff Sam Clemens and several area farmers in attendance. Nixon later traveled to the Lexington Sand Plant in the Henrietta bottoms where he viewed the rising river and spoke with several other residents.

PHOTO: Ray County Sheriff Sam Clemens, left, chatted with Gov. Jay Nixon June 30 while touring the Henrietta river bottom and discussing flood preparedness. While in Henrietta, Nixon learned that President Obama had formally declared Ray and other Missouri River counties in a state of emergency, qualifying them for federal aid. (Photo by Cristin Walters/Richmond News)

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