Downstream Missouri River prepares for flooding

Downstream Missouri River prepares for flooding

Downstream Missouri River prepares for flooding

"The snow is melting, and we've had some torrential rains, and that's created torrential flooding", Becker told NPR.

Some flooding of low-lying areas around the river in northwest Missouri had already been reported Saturday.

A roadside sign is almost engulfed in water Friday from the flooding Rock River at Castle Rock State Park, along state Route 2 near Oregon. Flood stage is 17 feet, and the river is forecast to rise above flood stage by Wednesday evening and crest near 20 feet by after midnight tonight.

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. In Fond du Lac, rescuers had to move residents to higher ground after flooding on the Fond du Lac River.

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

Further north in Nebraska, the Missouri and Platte rivers were flooding in and around Omaha. Do not enter flood waters. The chance the river will reach major flood stage in Fargo increased from 50 percent last week to 90 percent.

As of 1:15 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service has issued several Flood Warnings along the Missouri River, including portions where the river runs through the Kansas City metro.

"That's how fast the water was coming up", Martin said.

In Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers said flooding was impacting "homes, businesses, and cities and towns" across the state. "Eventually as we head into next week, we should see more and more of the rivers start to recede below flood stage". "This has been a statewide emergency with people impacted by heavy snow, high winds, rain, and freezing rain".

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an emergency disaster proclamation and activated the state emergency operations center Thursday.

Pete Ricketts said the state has experienced historic flooding in almost every region.

The historic low-pressure system, which affected more than 105 million people this week according to the National Weather Service, continued moving east.

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.

Ricketts also tweeted a list of ways the public can help those afflicted by the catastrophic floods.

The National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska is taking over duties from the displaced NWS employees in Omaha while the flood threat remains.

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