Emergency Information:

ABSOLUTLEY NO TRAFFIC ALLOWED ON LEVEES! ANYONE CAUGHT ON THE LEVEES MAY BE FINED AND CAN BE JAILED!

  • At 2:50 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, EFFECTIVE 4 P.M. ON THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019, AUTHORITIES HAVE ADVISED THAT NO BOATS ARE ALLOWED ON FLOODWATERS, UNLESS YOU ARE A HOMEOWNER CHECKING ON YOUR PROPERTY. HOMEOWNERS PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN CHECKING ON PROPERTY.

  • At 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, GOVERNOR PARSON HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN MISSOURI DUE TO WORSENING CONDITIONS.

  • 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, The Holt County Health Dept has received Tdap vaccine to be distributed to the public.  Anyone that has not received a Tetanus containing vaccine in the last 10 years and is in the flood affected areas needs to be vaccinated.  If you have any questions you can reach the Health Department at 660-446-2909.

  • 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, Greg Book, the Mayor of Forest City, has recommended a Voluntary evacuation ON COMMERCIAL STREET ONLY.

  • At 10:25 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, Anyone that needs food, supplies, and baby items please go to the Mound City Headstart Center. Located at 1530 Nebraska St, Mound City.

  • At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, MANDATORY EVACUATION ISSUED FOR EXIDE TECHNOLOGIES PLANT IN FOREST CITY.

  • At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, Andrew County Sheriff & staff are assisting Holt County Sheriff's Department. Holt County and the Holt County Sheriff's Office would like to thank Andrew County Sheriff's Office offering assistance to Holt County. 

  • At 9:25 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, Intersection of T Highway and Holt 330 closed - Water over road.

  • At 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, Highway 111 closed east of Forest City, water over road. 

  • At 8:10 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, Needing help sandbagging in Forest City.

  • At 1:39 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Breach at Fortescue at 159 Highway.

  • At 1:19 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Levees in Craig breached. Water is still rising. Sandbagging has stopped. Water plant still operational. 

  • At 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Flash flood warning for Craig ONLY due to levee breach.

  • At 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Levee near Craig school has breached. Authorities have issued a MANDATORY EVACUATION for those left in the City of Craig.

  • At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Currently filling sandbags in Craig. Any help is greatly appreciated!

  • At 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Water seeping in Craig north of school.

  • At 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Currently filling sandbags in Craig. Any help is appreciated.

  • At 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Big Tarkio levee breach on both sides south of bridge.

  • At 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Emergency shelter open at First Christian Church, located at 402 5th Street, Mound City.

  • AT 1:05 P.M. ON TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2019, THERE IS AN IMMEDIATE MANDATORY EVACUATION FOR THE CITY OF CRAIG. FIRETRUCKS WILL BE GOING AROUND WITH SIRENS ON.

  • At 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Breach on Big Tarkio River at Craig.

  • At 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, People needed to sandbag in Craig starting 9-9:30.

  • At 4:15 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019, Bottled water, apples, and onions available at the water plant in Forest City and Craig City Hall.

  • At 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019, Sandbagging at Forest City water plant at 6 p.m. Your help is greatly appreciated!

  • At 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019, Call Krissy at the Holt County Health Department at 660-446-2909 to see if you are qualified for a Tetanus shot.

  • At 7:30 p.m. Sunday March 17, 2019, Levee #9 south of Fortescue has overtopped.

  • At 1:45 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2019, Levee by Fortescue is under observation.

  • At 1:45 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3 foot of water covering conservation.

  • At 1:45 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2019, Levee south of Weber Farms is overtopping.

  • At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2019, Sandbagging going on Forest City at the water plant. Water topping levee at Weber farms. All help greatly needed. Call 660-491-4648 for a ride.

  • At 11:00 a.m. Sunday, March 17, 2019, Volunteers needed to sandbag in Craig at noon. Your help is appreciated!

  • At 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, For residents without water, bottled water can be obtained at the Methodist church in Fortescue and Swampy Bottom Bait Shop in Bigelow.

  • At 8:00 p.m Saturday, March 16, 2019, some roads have water over them. Please be careful and turn around when encountering them. Do not try to go through!

  • At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, A huge thanks goes to all the men, women, boys, and girls who took a huge chunk of their day and loaded sandbags. We appreciate your help and your support. Thank you!

  • At 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, Nodaway river out of banks at Fillmore bridge.

  • At 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, Breach west of Craig where Big Tarkio meets Missouri river.

  • Sand bag filling at Oregon Road and Bridge Barn - Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

  • At 9:03 a.m. on Friday, the 15th of March 2019, water is topping levee north of Rulo Bridge. There is a MANDATORY EVACUATION for Big Lake and surrounding areas.

  • At 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, the 14th of March 2019, Holt County Commission and Holt County Levee Districts would like to report that releases from Gavins Point is currently at 90,000 CSF and is expected to increase.

  • At 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, the 14th of March 2019, Holt County Commission and Holt County Levee Districts would like to report that releases from Gavins Point is currently at 80,000 CSF and is expected to increase.

  • At 3:12 p.m. on Thursday, the 14th of March 2019, Presiding Commissioner Tom Bullock declared a State of Emergency for Holt County.


  • Thursday, March 14, 2019, Holt County Commission and Holt County Levee Districts would like to report that releases from Gavins Point is currently at 60,000 CSF and is expected to increase.

  • At 7:00 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019, Holt County Commission and Holt County Levee Districts are issuing an EVACUATION RECOMMENDATION effective at 7 a.m. on Thursday, the 14th of March 2019 for low lying areas east of the Missouri River. This is due to Missouri River level forecasted to be at or near record levels. Currently water is NOT coming over the levees and the river is STILL within the levee system. This is a proactive move by the county so that residents of the flood plain have time to evacuate safely. IF YOU DO NOT LIVE WITHIN THE AFFECTED AREA OR HAVE EQUIPMENT OUT THERE, PLEASE STAY OUT! Access Roads to the boat dock at Payne’s Landing will be closed. Persons not evacuating out of the area caught going around barricades will be ticketed.

Roads Closed:

  • Whispering Oakes from Vista Drive to Holt 325
  • Holt 325 from Whispering Oakes to Craig Hill
  • Holt 340 going into town of Nodaway
  • Big Tarkio Bridge west of Craig on Highway 111 - Water over road
  • Thoreau's Refuge is closed due to water
  • I-29 closed NORTHBOUND & SOUTHBOUND LANES Rock Port to Iowa Line
  • U.S. Route 159 west of Route 111 near Big Lake closed due to water
  • 111 Highway from Craig city limits
  • Holt 290
  • I-29 NORTHBOUND SIDE ONLY, closed at exit 56
  • 59 Highway from Craig to Fairfax
  • I-29 closed NORTHBOUND & SOUTHBOUND LANES at Craig, Exit 92
  • Intersection
  • Intersection of T Highway and Holt 330 - Water over road
  • Highway 111 closed east of Forest City
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