Updates: Communities along Missouri River ramp up flooding preps
Mar 17 2019
The National Weather Service released flood maps and said flooding is expected to continue through the weekend and lingering into the following week along the Missouri River.
Becker noted that a Notice of Unusual Event was declared at 5:46 a.m. on Friday after the Missouri River reached 899 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 flooding was the worst in almost a decade in places, though the situation was expected to improve quickly over the weekend, according to Mike Gillispie, National Weather Service hydrologist in Sioux Falls. "Projections earlier this morning, based on the gauge when it was functioning, indicates we could reach 902 or higher after midnight", he said.
The Flood Warning, previously in place for New Hamburg, has been downgraded to a Flood Watch. Keep in mind to never drive through high water as you don't know how deep it really is or how stable the ground is.
"This is the largest widespread amount of flooding we've had in the last half century", he said, according to CNN affiliate KTIV. Officials were planning to place coal ash on the ice to help it melt and allow the rivers to recede once the natural and temporary dams were removed, but the jams broke up on their own before that plan was set into motion.
Authorities also confirmed Saturday that a bridge on that highway that crosses the Elkhorn River had been washed out Saturday. They could be tested this year. The flood stage at Kansas City is 32 feet. The National Weather Service in an updated outlook Friday said "significant" snowmelt flooding is likely in the valley. There are no immediate reports of any injuries, but homes and trees were damaged and power was knocked out to thousands.
Major to moderate flooding has been reported across Nebraska.
The NWS also has warned of strong winds expected in the area, with gusts up to 45 miles per hour expected Wednesday and up to 60 mph Thursday.
Grand River (Grand Valley): Flood coordinators in Grand Valley are advised to monitor conditions and prepare to close Highway 25 through Grand Valley.
NEVER, ever, move or drive past Road Closed signs.