March 19, 2019

River flooding expected by end of week

16 March 2019, 11:01 | Devin Moran

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Elkhorn River Flood Warning

As of 1:15 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service has issued several Flood Warnings along the Missouri River, including portions where the river runs through the Kansas City metro.

The North Raccoon River is forecast to rise to flood stage Thursday evening and continue rising to 20.5 feet, or 5.5 feet above flood stage, by Saturday evening. Major flood stage at St. Joseph is 27 feet.

The river was at 9.9 feet Wednesday morning.

People living in the Upper River Don catchment area have been urged to be prepared for possible flooding.

Mike Parson said in a news release that northwest Missouri is already experiencing significant flooding that's closing roads and impacting homeowners and farmers.

Officials are confident that the flooding around the plant presents no danger to the public, power district spokesman Mark Becker said. They could be tested this year. Officials said a Norfolk man was seen on top of his flooded auto late Thursday before being swept away in the water and another man was swept away by waters when a dam collapsed on the Niobrara River.

Waters rise Thursday on the Elkhorn River south of Arlington, Nebraska.

Elkhorn River Flood Warning
Some roads closed due to flooding

Flood waters have receded at 18th and Iowa streets in Perry, but the NWS flood warning remains in effect. More than 25,000 homes and businesses were still without power Friday in Colorado, mostly in the Denver area. "Widespread and extremely unsafe flooding will continue today and tonight", the National Weather Service office in Omaha wrote in an update Friday morning.

Wisconsin's governor declared a state of emergency Friday as flooding worsened, and Iowa's governor expanded an emergency proclamation issued a day earlier.

Since issuing that statement, the Weather Service itself had to evacuate due to a dike failure on the Platte River.

Major to moderate flooding has been reported across Nebraska.

Owne also advised residents to monitor river levels through the weekend on the River Gauge website.

NEVER, ever, move or drive past Road Closed signs.

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