Combination flood warning, watch issued for Grand River watershed

Elkhorn River Flood Warning

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Authorities also confirmed Saturday that a bridge on that highway that crosses the Elkhorn River had been washed out Saturday. A wind advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Wednesday, and a high wind watch is in effect from 9 a.m. -7 p.m. Thursday.

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.

Flooding in the central US on Friday swamped small towns, forced some residents along waterways to evacuate, threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant and shut down stretches of a major river and an interstate highway, foreshadowing a hard spring flooding season.

The high water pushed some waterways to record levels in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, though a cooler and drier forecast for the next two weeks suggested some possibility of relief for those states.

"Things are moving and changing at a rapid pace", Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson said Friday at a news conference. If the Missouri River reaches 45.5 feet, the plant must shut down.

The rising water has reduced stores and homes to rubble and ripped off a long chunk of a highway bridge, according to photos posted on Twitter by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.

Officials say the restrictions will be lifted as soon as flooding conditions improve. The river will fall below flood stage Friday morning and continue to fall thereafter.

Elkhorn River Flood Warning

At Clarksville, the NWS gave a greater than 95 percent chance of minor flooding (over 25 feet) and moderate flooding (over 31 feet) and a 88 percent chance of major flooding over that period.

The plant is in Brownville, about 60 miles south of Omaha, and is already functioning under emergency circumstances.

Full closures of I-29 are in place at USA 136 at Rock Port, Mo.

Those north of the United States 71 junction can continue to Rock Port and take U.S. 136 East to USA 71 North to I-35.

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.

More information can be found on the GRCA's website.

Other variables include relocation of water by a dam breach or increased flow from a dam releasing more water upstream. Do not place yourself at risk.

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