Monday, 25 March, 2019

Updates: Communities along Missouri River ramp up flooding preps

The recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt breached leeves causing at least one person to be killed and many in need of rescue and evacuation Elkhorn River Flood Warning
Kenny Thornton | 17 March, 2019, 04:43

Workers filled sandbags along the river levee and used other materials for flood protection, the power agency said. Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue further updates as necessary. Some local waterways also have intact ice sheets, which may break up and shift during this event, increasing the risk of ice jam flooding.

River levels will be on the rise through Friday night with a few expected to reach flood stage over NE Iowa and many others to come close to flood stage.

The "bomb cyclone" slammed the central U.S. with hurricane-like winds and blizzard conditions this week, leaving in its tracks heavy rains and flooding.

Flooding remained a big concern in the lower Missouri River region - which is a major source for the Mississippi River - with the weather service issuing warnings of high water along the river and its tributaries from southeastern South Dakota to St. Louis in Missouri.

A powerful, late-winter "bomb cyclone" storm has bombarded the Rocky Mountain and Plains states with blizzards, floods and tornados, and prompted precautions at a Nebraska nuclear power plant.

"St. Joe is looking, the forecast, to have major flooding to start to occur during the day", according to Pietrycha. That would be the third highest crest on record for St. Joseph, behind historic crests of 29.97 feet in 2011 and 32.07 feet in 1993. A wind advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Wednesday, and a high wind watch is in effect from 9 a.m. -7 p.m. Thursday.

Last remaining U.S. diplomats leave Venezuela amid worsening tensions
Despite this, he said the US will continue to stand with self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido. Maduro blamed the blackouts on alleged sabotage engineered by the US and the Venezuelan opposition.

Water levels on numerous major rivers are expected to stay near record highs into early next week before slowly subsiding. Valley County, Nebraska also announced a mandatory evacuation of all residents early on Friday.

Flooding is also common across Iowa, with numerous roads statewide closed.

The Wisconsin towns of Lodi and Darlington have seen particularly impressive flooding.

As areas up and down the Missouri River brace for the worst, the threat for flooding may not be over anytime soon.

The flooding has been caused by a combination of factors. Coupled with determining the rate at which new precipitation will fall and how fast snow will melt, it turns into one giant equation.

This article was written by Ian Livingston, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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