Meteorologists say the flooding is likely to persist into the weekend in states where frozen ground is preventing rain and snowmelt from soaking into the soil.
As areas up and down the Missouri River brace for the worst, the threat for flooding may not be over anytime soon.
The North Raccoon River is forecast to rise to flood stage Thursday evening and continue rising to 20.5 feet, or 5.5 feet above flood stage, by Saturday evening.
"Things are moving and changing at a rapid pace", Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson said Friday at a news conference.
"It's going to be a busy couple of months of flooding along the Missouri River", said Scott Watson, staff hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. The road may have washed away or you could be washed away from flood waters. The chance the river will reach major flood stage in Fargo increased from 50 percent last week to 90 percent.
The restrictions came 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.
Nebraska has had two flood-related fatalities this week, Wight said.Читайте также: Manchester United drawn against Barcelona in Champions League quarterfinals
When a flood alert is in place, residents are advised to prepare a bag containing medicines, insurance documents and other important items, and to check for flood warnings.
A second Nebraska man died at a hospital in Lincoln after being caught in floodwaters across the state line in Iowa, according to the Fremont County, Iowa, Sheriff's Office. There remains some uncertainty in the current track of this weather system which may impact the timing and amount of rainfall and snow melt associated with this event.
Snow, rain and powerful winds are sweeping across the Upper Midwest.
Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska have all declared states of emergencies.
The midweek storm crippled parts of Colorado and Wyoming with blizzard conditions.
In Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts said almost every part of the state is experiencing historic flooding.
Water is at the top of the federal levee on the Iowa side and is inches from overtopping the "super berm" built to protect Highway 2 between Nebraska City and Interstate 29. Homes were reported damaged, while power was knocked out to thousands. We now do not have any county or state roads closed.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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