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Residents near Harrisonville dam evacuate over flooding fears

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Some Harrisonville residents fled their homes Tuesday after fears of the lower dam at Lake Luna would break. (KCTV5) Some Harrisonville residents fled their homes Tuesday after fears of the lower dam at Lake Luna would break. (KCTV5)
HARRISONVILLE, MO (KCTV) -

Some Harrisonville residents fled their homes Tuesday after fears of the lower dam at Lake Luna would break.

"After throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the dam, the Parks Department and Water Department guys were able to slow the leak from the dam. At this point the danger of the dam breaking has subsided," the police department said on their Facebook page.

All roadways have been opened back up except Ash Street between Lexington and Bradley.

Homeowners who had been asked to leave have now returned.

"Again, great job to all those working to solve the problem over the past few hours. If you venture to the city park today please stay away from the lower dam and please be cautious of heavy equipment in the area as work will continue," police said.

Lake Luna drew quite the crowd on Tuesday. 

"I've never seen it erode back maybe this far," said Harrisonville resident Nick Herrell. "We're far enough up the hill over here that it didn't get to us, but it floods down here at the bottom all the time."

Other residents had their eyes on other areas dealing with damage. 

"Up towards there and the rest of the town, you can just tell, the Trade Fair and everything is just full of water," said Dayton Kelley. 

Harrisonville mayor Brian Hasek said the city is focused on the area due to concerns about the potential for a domino effect. If more water was able to get through, it could have caused an even bigger headache for the city. 

"I mean I've seen it overflow over the spillway like that when we've gotten lots of rain," Hasek said. "It's the erosion around the side that we had never seen. It was just so much water. The spillway just couldn't keep up and it caused it to break away the side."

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