Officials in eastern Nebraska said more than 2,600 people living along the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers there had been urged to evacuate, as waters breached levees in several rural spots. There remains some uncertainty in the current track of this weather system which may affect the timing and amount of rainfall and snow melt associated with this event. In Iowa, a section of northbound Interstate 29 that runs parallel to the Missouri River was closed due to flooding. The deluge pushed some waterways to record levels in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.
"Things are moving and changing at a rapid pace", Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson said Friday at a news conference.
A flood watch has been issued for the Grand River through Grand Valley, West Montrose, Brantford, Six Nations Territory, Caledonia and Cayuga. The Cooper Nuclear Station near Brownville, NE could also shut down due to rising flood waters.
Pietrycha says the heavy rain which has aggravated flooding conditions in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas has ended. Additionally, the Missouri River is expected to crest at 30.8 feet in Sioux City and 32.9 feet on the Big Sioux River.
The governor said the State of Emergency Operations Center activated at a Level 3 Friday morning.
A ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy weather situation as the National Weather Service doesn't anticipate any more rain for a while. Homes were reported damaged, while power was knocked out to thousands.
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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.
Those north of the United States 71 junction can continue to Rock Port and take U.S. 136 East to USA 71 North to I-35. Be prepared to take action if flooding develops.
More information can be found on the GRCA's website. You can also use the free mobile map app, available by searching for "MoDOT" on Apple or Google Play app stores.
"Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads". Water in that location is now subsiding, but only after a portion of the city was submerged.
Where water is over the road, DO NOT ADVANCE if you can not see pavement below. Do not place yourself at risk.