Possible flood warning issued for Saturday

Cheryl Sanders
March 17, 2019

The National Weather Service in North Platte extended the Flood Warning until Saturday morning for the Elkhorn River near Ewing affecting Holt County.

Becker noted that a Notice of Unusual Event was declared at 5:46 a.m. on Friday after the Missouri River reached 899 feet. Officials on Friday said the river is expected to crest well below what was seen in 2011.

Flooding in the central USA on Friday caused by rain and snowmelt from a massive late-winter storm forced hundreds of people to evacuate, threatened a nuclear power plant and shut down traffic on part of the Missouri River, foreshadowing a hard spring flooding season. "People who live near rivers should be paying close attention to flooding updates and be ready to move valuable property, if necessary".

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT SURNAME- Tom Wilke center his son Chad right and Nick Kenny load a boat out of the swollen waters of the North Fork of the Elkhorn River after checking on the Witke's flooded property in Norfolk Neb. Friday March 1

A Nebraska utility is adding sandbags to the levee that protects its nuclear power plant along the swollen Missouri River.

Along with the Perry area, locations where flooding is possible include West Des Moines, Urbandale, Clive, Waukee, Grimes, Adel, Guthrie Center, Stuart, Dallas Center, Earlham, Granger, Panora, De Soto, Woodward, Van Meter, Jordan Creek town Center, Lake Panorama, Redfield and Adair.

"Northwest Missouri is already experiencing significant flooding that's closing roads and impacting homeowners and farmers, and the situation will affect many more Missourians in the coming days", Governor Parson said. The city is now working to bolster levees.

A weather system is expected to bring mild temperatures and rain across the Grand River watershed on Thursday and Friday which is expected to melt much of the snow pack, resulting in increased runoff into local waterways. Flood stage is 9.0 feet. More than 25,000 homes and businesses were still without power Friday in Colorado, mostly in the Denver area.

In Omaha, the National Weather Service office was evacuated due to flooding concerns.

Major to moderate flooding has been reported across Nebraska.

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

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