Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Wind advisory, Moreau River flood warning issued Wednesday

Wind advisory, Moreau River flood warning issued Wednesday

Flooding in the central US on Friday caused by rain and snowmelt from a massive late-winter storm forced hundreds of people to evacuate, threatened a nuclear power plant and shut down traffic on part of the Missouri River, foreshadowing a hard spring flooding season. Some cities and towns, such as North Bend on the banks of the Platte River, were submerged.

Nith River (Ayr): Flows in the Nith River through Ayr are peaking early Saturday afternoon in Warning Zone 2 based on the current forecast and will recede but remain high through the weekend. If ice becomes trapped along the river it could mean drastically increased water levels behind it, depending on severity and potentially happening very quickly. While additional rises are not expected to be massive, the river may not crest until Saturday or Sunday in this area.

Grand River (Grand Valley): Flood coordinators in Grand Valley are advised to monitor conditions and prepare to close Highway 25 through Grand Valley.

An updated "Spring Flood Outlook" published by the National Weather Service's St. Louis office last week said major flooding was more likely than not at every point where they measure the river's depth from Quincy, Chester, Ill., with the exceptions of Grafton, Ill., and Louisiana, Mo., where the odds are just under 50 percent. The flooding was the worst in almost a decade in places. "Widespread and extremely unsafe flooding will continue today and tonight", the National Weather Service office in Omaha wrote in an update Friday morning. Gass Haney Funeral Home confirmed James Wilke's death.

Crews in parts of Nebraska were using boats to rescue people from floodwaters in which at least one person has died. The story is much the same throughout the central US, where flooding swamped small towns, forced residents to evacuate, and threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant in Nebraska.

Officials in other parts of Nebraska said a Norfolk man was seen on top of his flooded auto late on Thursday before being swept away and another man was missing after being swept away when a dam collapsed on the Niobrara river.

Despite Saturday's stagnant levels near St. Joseph, the National Weather Service still expects the Missouri River to rise again, with a forecast crest of 29.3 feet on Thursday morning. In its wake, he said, water was "rising swiftly".

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