Missouri River flooding prompts interstate to close north of Kansas City

17 March, 2019, 01:43 | Author: Myra Gill
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Rapid rises in water levels are expected to impact the Fremont area and a new flash flood alert has been issued.

The family of 50-year-old James Wilke, of Columbus, Nebraska, says he was driving his tractor to rescue stranded motorists on a county road cut off by flooding Thursday when a bridge he was crossing collapsed.

As rivers and creeks in flooded eastern Nebraska and western Iowa crest Saturday, officials have begun looking downstream at likely flooding further south along the Missouri River.

NSP tweets that the Platte River is now running over the Highway 75 bridge north of Plattsmouth. A funeral home confirmed the death.

Flooding along this portion of the Missouri River has already neared or surpassed record levels. They warned those who choose to ignore calls to evacuate that rescues would be attempted only during daylight hours. Others, such as Waterloo and Freemont, were surrounded by floodwaters, stranding residents in virtual islands with no access in or out.

Western Douglas County in east central Nebraska...

Early Friday afternoon, the Missouri State Highway Patrol closed Interstate 29 at USA 136 near Rock Port, Missouri, and north to the Iowa border due to flooding conditions. Authorities were rerouting motorists at Kansas City, Missouri, using a detour that took people nearly 140 miles (225 kilometers) out of the way.


Communities in that state as well as Iowa and South Dakota remain under a flood warning for rain and snow melt Friday.

Moderate to major river flooding across parts of the MS and Missouri river valleys may also persist into the weekend.

If you live in a flood prone area, it is a good idea to prepare for the rising water and have a plan to evacuate should you need to.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning, as rain and melting snow cause the Saginaw River in Saginaw and the Tittabawassee River in Midland to rise.

"I'm going to stick it out".

"The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies", the GRCA said.

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