Updates: Communities along Missouri River ramp up flooding preps

Rivers Rise Watching for Ice Jams

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.

Weather service meteorologist Brian Pierce in Davenport, Iowa, says moderate flooding Saturday along the Mississippi River is just the beginning.

Due to excessive water from rain, snowmelt, and the collapse of the Spencer Dam on the Niobrara River releases at Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota were temporarily increased to 100,000 cubic feet per second before being lowered to 90,000.

The Saginaw River is expected to crest around 17.4 feet in Bay and Saginaw counties on Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service in Omaha Nebraska is now evacuating and shutting down their radar due to a levee failure at the Union Dike, flood waters are now rushing into the warned area.

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Officials are confident that the flooding around the plant presents no danger to the public, power district spokesman Mark Becker said. At 4:45 a.m. Thursday, the stage was 20.2 feet, or 0.2 feet above flood stage. They could be tested this year. The state's emergency operations center has already been activated. The mayor of Columbus also told the affiliate stations that person was a farmer on a tractor out to rescue someone from the flood waters. Homes were reported damaged, while power was knocked out to thousands.

Flooding is also common if somewhat less widespread in parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and South Dakota in particular.

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.

Since issuing that statement, the Weather Service itself had to evacuate due to a dike failure on the Platte River.

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