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June 3, 2013 - 10:00 PM CDT - Residents of tiny West Alton, Missouri have been ordered to evacuate after a nearby levee was overwhelmed by rising water.
Sirens in West Alton began wailing at 8:30 PM CDT to warn residents that they must evacuate after a levee breached near Highway 67 and Lincoln Shields Access Road. St. Charles County officials said that at least 300 residents will be affected by this order. West Alton is in St. Charles County, about 15 miles north of St. Louis, MO (map) and has a population of 573. News Channel Five has a video report on the evacuations that are underway.
"Residents should evacuate immediately," officials said. "Officials said West Alton is under an imminent danger for flooding after the Missouri River over-topped the Kuhs and Columbia Bottoms levees," reports KMOV TV. "The levees are located near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi."
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Hours before the levee let go of its waters this evening, the U.S. Coast Guard closed all traffic on the upper Mississippi River from mile marker 179 to mile marker 184 near the St. Louis Harbor, reports BizJournals.