Gov. Parson discusses state response as flooding worsens in Northwest Missouri

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

A flood warning issued Wednesday by the National Weather Service in Des Moines remains in effect until 10:15 a.m. Thursday for Dallas and Guthrie counties.

Parson's office said river levels are expected to rise dramatically this weekend, with a 1.5-foot rise expected by Saturday in some areas.

In Wisconsin, Darlington officials said the city broke its flooding record, since the Pecatonica River crested at 18.2 feet in 1993, according to CNN affiliate KCRG. The river was at 28 feet by 9 a.m. Friday, and expected to continue to rise to near 33.5 feet by Tuesday, according to the weather service.

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) on Friday declared an "unusual event" at its Cooper nuclear power station in Nebraska due to the possibility of flooding along the Missouri River following a powerful winter storm this week.

Six Nations and County of Brant flood coordinators are advised to monitor and prepare to close Boundary Road and 4th Line. The releases could worsen flooding downstream, though the agency was helping with levee monitoring and other flood response measures, and it stopped releases from Fort Randall Dam upstream from Gavins Point.

It said the plant continued to operate safely and there was no threat to plant employees or to the public. The city is now working to bolster levees.

Officials in other parts of Nebraska said a Norfolk man was seen on top of his flooded vehicle late on Thursday before being swept away and another man was missing after being swept away when a dam collapsed on the Niobrara river. They could be tested this year. Warming weather and rapid snow melt is in the forecast for the area, but no further rain is in the short range forecast.

The midweek storm crippled parts of Colorado and Wyoming with blizzard conditions.

A ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy weather situation as the National Weather Service doesn't anticipate any more rain for a while. The state's emergency operations center has already been activated. Flooding, hail and strong winds also were reported in parts of the two states. The weather service recorded a 60 miles per hour wind gust at Indianapolis International Airport. Don't drive through flooded roads.

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