Missouri River flooding prompts interstate to close north of Kansas City


A flood warning has been issued for the Missouri River at Kansas City as well.

The high water pushed some waterways to record levels in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, though a cooler and drier forecast for the next two weeks suggested some possibility of relief for those states.

Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker told the Omaha World-Herald on Thursday that if the river hits the level of 45.5 feet (13.9 meters) projected by the National Weather Services this weekend, the plant would have to be shut down.

Wisconsin's governor declared a state of emergency Friday as flooding worsened, and Iowa's governor expanded an emergency proclamation issued a day earlier. SEMA also supplied St. Joseph with a sandbagging machine. The weather service recorded a 60 miles per hour (97 kph) wind gust at Indianapolis International Airport.

Evacuations as floodwaters rise in Ashland, Nebraska.

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Due to excessive water from rain, snowmelt, and the collapse of the Spencer Dam on the Niobrara River releases at Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota were temporarily increased to 100,000 cubic feet per second before being lowered to 90,000.

Moderate flooding is expected along the Tittabawassee River in Midland County when it crests around 27 feet on Saturday morning.

Full closures of I-29 are in place at United States 136 at Rock Port, Mo. Municipal flood co-ordinators are being advised to warn residents in Warning Zone 1.

The storm's heavy rainfall has caused major flooding and damaged roads and bridges in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.

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. Water in that location is now subsiding, but only after a portion of the city was submerged. Swiftly moving water is able to scour away entire roadbeds in an instant.