Latest Missouri River News

Company won't reopen flood-damaged Nebraska jerky plant

Dec. 12, 2019 8:20 AM EST

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A Wisconsin-based company has decided to not reopen its flood-damaged plant in eastern Nebraska. Jack Link's spokesman Abbey Miller told the Lincoln Journal Star that the Missouri River flooding in March overwhelmed the company's Bellevue plant, which sits just east of Offutt Air...

Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

Dec. 11, 2019 2:42 PM EST

CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last year’s ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins that burst nine months ago when the Missouri River surged through two levees near his southwest Iowa...

Two injured when Amtrak train hits car in Independence

Dec. 10, 2019 5:09 PM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Two people were injured when an Amtrak train collided with a vehicle Tuesday in Independence. The collision occurred shortly after Amtrak's Missouri River Runner, which travels between St. Louis and Kansas City, left the Independence station on the way to Kansas City, police said....

Man drowns while trying to retrieve boat in Missouri River

Dec. 9, 2019 12:36 PM EST

WATSON, Mo. (AP) — A man has drowned in northwest Missouri while attempting to retrieve a boat that was adrift on the Missouri River, authorities say. The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Benjamin Hirner, 30, of Mokane. He went into the water Friday just north of where the Nishnabotna...

FEMA takes $12,400 check back from Missouri flood victim

Dec. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The washer and dryer are still in Larry Whetsel's living room, where they landed after floating out of his kitchen. The water line left by the Missouri River, across the warped, cracked walls, is level with his shoulders. Pieces of furniture, some made by his father, lay in a...

Amount of water released into Missouri River being reduced

Dec. 5, 2019 4:58 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River is being reduced ahead of winter, so flooded areas along the river will get some relief. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border...

Search for missing Chinese woman to resume Wednesday

Dec. 3, 2019 6:40 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The search for a missing Chinese woman in a river in central Missouri has been called off until Wednesday. Divers searched throughout the day Tuesday for Mengqi Ji Elledge, of Columbia, in the Lamine River in Cooper County. Divers also searched the river last week but didn’t...

River watchers already wary about 2020 spring flooding

Nov. 29, 2019 4:48 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a year that has seen some of the worst flooding ever in parts of the Midwest, concern is already rising that the spring of 2020 may bring more high water to places that still haven’t fully recovered. Flooding ravaged much of the Missouri and Mississippi River basins and...

Public comment sought on rules for Madison River crowding

Nov. 29, 2019 12:14 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials are seeking public comment on proposed rules to address crowding on the popular Madison River outside Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks released an online survey asking residents to rate...

St. Joseph Port Authority ships first ever grain barges

Nov. 19, 2019 3:46 PM EST

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The first grain ever moved from the St. Joseph Port Authority is on its way down the Missouri River. Transport 360, which operates the St. Joseph port, said two barges filled Monday with grain will go to New Orleans before likely being shipped internationally. A third barge loaded...