Rescues, evacuations as floodwaters breach levees in Midwest

17 March, 2019, 12:09 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Sandbags protect downtown Clarksville

As of 9 a.m. Friday, the Tittabawassee River stage was at 20.7 feet and rising.

The National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Pierce, in Davenport, Iowa, said moderate flooding on Saturday along the MS river was just the beginning of the "dress rehearsal for the main event that's going to happen in early April", given that there is snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin that has yet to melt.

The swollen Missouri threatened a nuclear power plant in southeastern Nebraska. Video from the Nebraska State Patrol shows cattle stranded on islands after floodwaters cut off their escape.

Watson said a multitude of factors are in play in terms of the extent of the river's fury, including additional rainfall north of St. Joseph and how exactly the snow to our north melts.

There is a flood watch in place for the Conestogo River through Drayton and St. Jacobs, and the Speed River through Cambridge.

While Gavins Point is releasing water this spring, Watson said the source of this week's flooding is coming below the dam. Flooding there is due to rivers like the Elkhorn rising to near-record levels and breaching levees in some spots.

"Things are moving and changing at a rapid pace", Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson said Friday at a news conference.

The flood warning also continues for the South Raccoon River at Redfield or from the Middle Raccoon River to the North Raccoon River.

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Speed River (City of Cambridge): Flood coordinators in the City of Cambridge are advised to monitor and prepare to close Blackbridge Road at the Speed River on Friday.

The powerful wind and snow that created huge snowdrifts in cattle country also closed hundreds of miles of interstates in the Dakotas.

A blizzard crippled parts of Wyoming, Colorado and western Nebraska on Wednesday.

Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska have all declared states of emergencies. South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said she signed an emergency declaration to free up more state money for people affected by the storm and the flooding. State police said first-responders say at least 21 homes were damaged, though no injuries have been reported. "I have no place to go", said Dale Chaney of Percival.

Please do not assume that a highway that is clear of flooding in Missouri will be clear in Iowa, Kansas or Nebraska.

The auto carrying the men had driven around a road-closed barrier then hit floodwaters, the sheriff's office said.

Other variables include relocation of water by a dam breach or increased flow from a dam releasing more water upstream.

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