Flooding fears prompt partial evacuation at Iatan Power Plant in Weston

WESTON, Missouri - The Platte County Emergency Manager says concerns of flooding brought on by overtopped levees in the area have prompted the partial dismissal of the Iatan Power Plant in Weston, Missouri.

The plant is located at 20250 State Route 45 North, in Platte County, about 40 miles north of Kansas City, on the eastern banks of the Missouri River. The Iatan plant is one of several Kansas City Power & Light plants.

Platte County Emergency Manager Mike O'Neal says concerns of flooding brought on by overtopped levees in the area have prompted the partial evacuation of the Iatan Power Plant in Weston, Missouri.

O'Neal says the plant itself has not seen any flooding, but the areas around it are under water.

A spokeswoman at Kansas City Power & Light says non-essential employees are being sent home, many of them adminstrative workers. The plant continues to operate under normal conditions, she said.

The essential employees will be bused to the plant. KCP&L also has a boat on standby.

Authorities have closed 45 Highway from Iatan Village to Buchanan County.

NBC Action News will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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