The Missouri River is now well below its flood stage for the Leavenworth area. But Leavenworth County Emergency Management officials say they will be keeping an eye on the river in 2020.

The Missouri River is now well below its flood stage for the Leavenworth area. But Leavenworth County Emergency Management officials say they will be keeping an eye on the river in 2020.

Emergency Management Director Chuck Magaha said he is still being cautious.

The river flooded multiple times this year in the Leavenworth area.

On March 23, the river reached 31.3 feet, which was the second-worst flood on record for the area.

The river reaches its flood stage in Leavenworth at 20 feet.

On June 1, the river reached 28.66 feet, which was the fourth-worst flood on record for the Leavenworth area.

On Dec. 16, officials with the Kansas City District of the Army Corps of Engineers announced the 2019 flood event officially had reached its end. This announcement came after all areas within the district had dropped below flood flood stage for the first time since March 13, according to a news release from the Corps of Engineers.

At 279 days, this was the longest duration for a declared flooding event in the district’s history.

The Corps of Engineers manages a series of dams along the Missouri River.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, the Missouri River was at depth of 7.56 feet in the Leavenworth area.

Even though the river has dropped, water is still being released in the river from Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota, at a rate that is well above what is considered normal, Magaha said.

Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said levees in Leavenworth County that were damaged during this year’s flooding have not been repaired.

This could lead to problems if the river starts to rise.

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