Residents rescued amid historic flooding across Midwest

17 Mars, 2019, 01:43 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Flash Flood Warning

Through the weekend, the most significant flooding is forecast to shift to the larger rivers in the region. "This is an extremely unsafe and life-threatening situation", the weather service warned.

In hilly terrain, there are hundreds of low water crossings that are potentially risky in heavy rain.

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

Flood waters have receded at 18th and Iowa streets in Perry, but the NWS flood warning remains in effect.

Run-off will result in flooding in low lying areas typically prone to spring flooding.

The GRCA says ice sheets in the river could break up and shift, causing ice jams. Officials on Friday said the river is expected to crest well below what was seen in 2011.

Flood Map

The flood warning also continues for the South Raccoon River at Redfield or from the Middle Raccoon River to the North Raccoon River. The massive storm moved into Canada on Friday.

A bomb cyclone occurs when there is a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure. This storm dropped 33 millibars from Tuesday into Wednesday.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the roadway. In Freemont, west of Omaha, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office issued a mandatory evacuation for some residents after floodwaters broke through a levee along the Platte River.

Fifteen volunteers were stranded on the lake, eventually rescued themselves with the help of the Nebraska National Guard, which brought in a Black Hawk helicopter, according to CNN affiliate KETV.

In the section of the Missouri River meandering through southeastern Nebraska to the Iowa border, the Cooper Nuclear Station declared a "notification of unusual event" early Friday morning, signaling that the river had surpassed a height which causes concern. The Columbus Police Department warned residents to stay away from the Black Bridge.

Historic flooding in the Midwest has compromised a dam in Nebraska, killed at least one man and threatened the closure of a nuclear power plant.

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