Hamburg’s last hope against the flooding Missouri River

The Missouri River has burst through the main levee protecting Hamburg, Iowa, leaving only a secondary levee to keep the town from flooding. Photo: Barney McCoy

Missouri River floodwaters have reached the secondary levee that serves as the last line of defense for the southwest Iowa town of Hamburg.

With floodwaters on their doorstep, Hamburg Fire Chief Dan Sturm says the secondary levee is the only protection for this town of 12-hundred.

Here’s my report for the Kansas City Star. (June 16, 2011 Video by Barney McCoy | Special to The Kansas City Star)

About Bernard McCoy

My views are my own and not a reflection of my employer. I'm a professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I've also been a working journalist for the past 29 years. I have covered news stories in war zones, reported on human and natural disasters, presidential conventions, a presidential inauguration and the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. My career experiences include work as an award-winning documentary producer, television news reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. I worked at WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH. I have also worked as a contributing reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, the Ohio News Network and lecture at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Michigan State University.
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3 Responses to Hamburg’s last hope against the flooding Missouri River

  1. Joanna Glaze says:

    Great commentary Barney, thanks for explaining it so well. God Bless these people

  2. crgardenjoe says:

    Nice multimedia slide show. Did you ever attend the workshop at the Freedom Forum in Nashville?

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