Missouri River raises to record flooding at Nebraska City

TOP STORY: From too much snow to too much rain?

Video from the Nebraska State Patrol shows cattle stranded on islands after floodwaters cut off their escape. 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.

Barjenbruch said the results have been incredibly damaging in parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

"Losses are going to be tied more to being right in the middle of calving season", said James Halverson, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, which was still determining how widespread losses might be.

Water levels on numerous major rivers are expected to stay near record highs into early next week before slowly subsiding.

The order came Friday. Flood stage is 17 feet, and the river is forecast to rise above flood stage by Wednesday evening and crest near 20 feet by after midnight tonight.

As of 9 a.m. Friday, the Tittabawassee River stage was at 20.7 feet and rising.

Ice jams can occur quickly and without warning, increasing the risk of localized flooding.




The National Weather Service says "significant" snowmelt flooding is likely this spring. Authorities were rerouting motorists at Kansas City, Missouri, using a detour that took people nearly 140 miles out of the way. The two cities have taken several measures such as home buyouts and levees since then.

Sarpy County officials urged all residents directly along the Platte and Missouri rivers to evacuate Friday morning as water levels continued to rise.

Widespread flooding in Nebraska prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase water releases upstream of the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam. In Fremont, west of Omaha, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office issued a mandatory evacuation for some residents after floodwaters broke through a levee along the Platte River. 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.

The National Weather Service predicts "much calmer" weather in most areas this weekend, .

The weather service has issued flood warnings along the Missouri River and its tributaries from southeastern South Dakota to St. Louis in Missouri. In Colorado, it caused one death when State Police Cpl.

Gusty winds may continue into Friday across parts of the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, with mainly light rain or snow showers also possible through Saturday as another weaker cold front passes through.

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