(Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star/TNS/Sipa USA)

Flooding closes about 140 roads in Missouri

March 25, 2019 - 12:10 pm

Flooding has closed about 140 roads in Missouri, even as water levels begin falling along much of the Missouri River.

In Kansas City, Missouri, where the river crested Sunday, the public water utility has asked residents to conserve water because it's working hard to treat the murky water. The river was cresting Monday in several smaller towns to the east, where levees have been holding.

On Tuesday, the crest was expected to make its way to Jefferson City, Missouri, causing no major damage there but leaving some sections of the popular Katy Trail walking and biking path under water.

The worst of the damage is upstream, where about 20 levees have been breached in Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa. Three people are dead and four others are missing. Crop damage is widespread.

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