FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas - A levee partially breached Wednesday morning near Fort Leavenworth, prompting the military base to shut down its airfield.
The Leavenworth County Emergency Manager confirmed a levee partially breached around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday north of the Sherman Army Airfield at Fort Leavenworth.
Rising levels of the Missouri River caused water to undercut the Union Pacific Railroad tracks northwest of Sherman Army Airfield base.
No evacuations have been ordered.
According to the U.S. Army, water reached the hangars, but all salvageable equipment and property was relocated over the past several weeks in anticipation of rising river levels.
As of 10 a.m., the breech was 17 feet wide and two feet deep. The U.S. Army did not have an estimate cost of damage at the time.
Officials are closely monitoring the levels, but can't speculate how high the waters will rise.
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