It has been a hectic week for Platte County residents and business owners with property in low-lying areas, as heavy rains across the region have forced rivers and streams out of their banks. Areas in and around Parkville, Riverside, Tracy and Bean Lake are among those being affected by the high water. English Landing Park in Parkville is submerged in murky water as the river continues to rise. Tuesday the river reached a depth of 34 feet. Its flood stage at Parkville is 32 feet. Downtown and English Landing Center have been evacuated for public safety as merchants were forced to pack up their goods and head to higher elevations in the middle of the night. At Tracy, the Platte River measured 28.75 feet. Road crews shut down Hwy. 92 at the Platte River as water continued to rise and threatened low-lying areas of the roadway.
Kelsie Blakley is the 26th winner of The Landmark English Award. She is a senior at Platte County R-3 High School.
Dave Brooks, the mayor of Platte City said he is tired of waiting for the developer and landowner of th Platte Valley Plaza along Hwy. 92 to complete transportation improvements, and he intends to “shut him down.” But a majority of aldermen opted for more patience, expressing a desire for dialogue with the developer, Bill Mann.