As water continues to rise along the Missouri River, officials in the city of Blair are starting to plan for flooding. Assistant City Administrator Phil Green says they have been monitoring the situation and were first told that the river levels could increase within the 3 to 4 foot range. That has changed. Green says they are now talking about 5 or 6 foot increase and they are concerned about their water treatment plant.
Green says the plant itself is elevated but they are worried about the intake on the river. Blair is one of the few cities in the state that gets all of its water from the Missouri River. Green says they are also worried about electrical service to the plant and the main access road flooding. Because the city uses river water for all purposes, they do need access to get chemicals to the facility.
The city of Blair is holding an emergency meeting today to discuss options. They are considering a temporary dike that would isolate the plant and the primary road.
Green says residents themselves are not in danger. There are a few rural roads to the north of Blair along the Missouri River that are underwater in places now. Blair officials will continue to monitor the situation carefully.