Southwest Iowa Towns Evacuate, Roads Close as Missouri River Rises

Clay Curtis
March 17, 2019

The restrictions come as the river reached moderate flood stage at almost 32 feet on Friday at Omaha, where it's expected to crest at almost 34 feet on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The latest river forecasts predict the Turkey River will crest at 5.5 feet above flood stage in Spillville and at 11 feet above flood stage, with the crests coming on Friday.

The National Weather Service says the Missouri River at St. Joseph reached almost 26 feet on Saturday, about a foot below what's considered major flooding at the northwest Missouri city.

Midland city officials say Emerson Park, Dublin Avenue, West St. Andrews Road, Currie Parkway, Pomranky Road, St. Charles Street and Poseyville Road likely will be under water this weekend.

The NWS reckons there is a 10 percent chance that the river crests at least 38 feet, above the highest ever recorded by the Army Corps of Engineers in July of 1993. The record level of the Missouri River in St. Joseph is 32.1 feet, set in 1993. In Freemont, 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.

The federal agency justifies its ominous reports based on the build up of snow in the northern stretches of the Mississippi River basin, high levels soil moisture, and the current volume of water already moving through the river and its tributaries.

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The two cities have implemented several measures such as home buyouts and levees since then.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, farmland and other low-lying spots.

The storm also spawned at least three tornadoes in MI and in on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Major to moderate flooding has been reported across Nebraska. Flood coordinators are advised to monitor conditions due to the increased potential for ice jams and prepare to warn residents as needed.

"Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads".

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