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Nebraska floods leave towns submerged and at least one dead

Nebraska floods leave towns submerged and at least one dead

The Grand River Conservation Authority has issued a combined flood warning and watch across its watershed with mild temperatures expected on Thursday and Friday.

Weather service meteorologist Brian Pierce in Davenport, Iowa, says moderate flooding Saturday along the Mississippi River is just the beginning.

In Fond du Lac, flooding was occurring on the Fond du Lac River due to an ice jam, forecasters said, while other areas affected included Lodi in Columbia County, Darlington in Lafayette County, Prairie du Sac in Sauk County and DeForest in Dane County. Blue Rapids residents are not too concerned with flooding reaching their homes at this point, as they have a levee that keeps the river out of town, even above flood stage. The flood stage at Kansas City is 32 feet.

The Nebraska Public Power District declared an "unusual event" at its Cooper Nuclear Station power plant on Friday, with the possibility of flooding along the Missouri River. The story is much the same throughout the central USA, where flooding swamped small towns, forced residents to evacuate, and threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant in Nebraska.

A flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service includes Valley, Waterloo and King Lake in Nebraska until 10:15 a.m. CDT. The city is now working to bolster levees.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, farmland and other low-lying spots. The chance the river will reach major flood stage in Fargo increased from 50 percent last week to 90 percent.

Elkhorn River Flood Warning

The Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota is now releasing 100,000 cubic feet of water per second due to rapid plains snow melt and heavy rainfall.

The midweek storm crippled parts of Colorado and Wyoming with blizzard conditions.

At least four deaths were linked to the weather system.

Travelers already on I-29 North Drivers who are now heading north on I-29 should use USA 71 North north of St. Joseph to I-35 if possible.

A ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy weather situation as the National Weather Service doesn't anticipate any more rain for a while.

Owne also advised residents to monitor river levels through the weekend on the River Gauge website. Don't drive through flooded roads.

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