Southwest Iowa Towns Evacuate, Roads Close as Missouri River Rises

Southwest Iowa Towns Evacuate, Roads Close as Missouri River Rises

The restrictions come as the river reached moderate flood stage at almost 32 feet on Friday at Omaha, where it's expected to crest at almost 34 feet on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Pierce, in Davenport, Iowa, said moderate flooding on Saturday along the MS river was just the beginning of the "dress rehearsal for the main event that's going to happen in early April", given that there is snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin that has yet to melt. Flood stage is 12 feet.

The South Raccoon River is forecast to rise to 20.8 feet, or 0.8 feet above flood stage, Thursday morning and then begin falling to below flood stage by midday.

The late winter "bomb cyclone" that stunned more than 25 states with snow, rain and wind has caused flooding that is threatening the operational safety of a nuclear power plant in southeast Nebraska.

Officials are confident that the flooding around the plant presents no danger to the public, power district spokesman Mark Becker said.

Southwest Iowa Towns Evacuate, Roads Close as Missouri River Rises
Southwest Iowa Towns Evacuate, Roads Close as Missouri River Rises

Waters rise Thursday on the Elkhorn River south of Arlington, Nebraska. They could be tested this year. He says there's snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin that's yet to melt.

As of about 8 a.m. Friday, the Saginaw River stage was 15.6 feet and slowly rising. The mayor of Columbus also told the affiliate stations that person was a farmer on a tractor out to rescue someone from the flood waters.

Major to moderate flooding has been reported across Nebraska. The weather service recorded a 60 miles per hour wind gust at Indianapolis International Airport.

With flooding events changing constantly, additional measures may be taken. Flood coordinators are advised to monitor conditions along River Drive (south of Caledonia), Sims Lock Road, Grand Sports Road as well as the communities of Cayuga and Port Maitland.

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