Elkhorn River Flood Warning


At 20.0 feet, limited evacuations may begin in residential areas of Adel along with extensive sandbagging. Emergency workers used boats to evacuate residents. Warming weather and rapid snow melt is in the forecast for the area, but no further rain is in the short range forecast.

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. Darlington is in the midst of its third flood in a year, which is expected to be the worst since 1993 in that location.

An unidentified Nebraska man was killed Thursday near Columbus, Nebraska, after his tractor was swept away by floodwaters as he tried to rescue a stranded motorist. Gass Haney Funeral Home confirmed James Wilke's death. The Spencer Hydroelectric dam at the Niobrara river was lost when the dam failed earlier on Thursday morning.

A flood watch has been issued for the Speed River and Cambridge flood co-ordinators have been advised to monitor and prepare to close Blackbridge Road at the Speed River on Friday. They warned those who choose to ignore calls to evacuate that rescues would be attempted only during daylight hours. Some cities and towns, such as North Bend on the banks of the Platte River, were submerged. Others, such as Waterloo and Freemont, were surrounded by floodwaters, stranding residents in virtual islands with no access in or out.

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT SURNAME- Tom Wilke center his son Chad right and Nick Kenny load a boat out of the swollen waters of the North Fork of the Elkhorn River after checking on the Witke's flooded property in Norfolk Neb. Friday March 1
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If you are within these boundaries, you are urged to get out immediately.

A flash flood has closed I-29 in Iowa and expected major flooding near the highway in Missouri prompted closure here as well. Authorities were rerouting motorists at Kansas City, Missouri, using a detour that took people nearly 140 miles (225 kilometers) out of the way. "A lot of the rivers are going to remain in flood into the weekend, and some into next week", Chenard said.

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.

A flood warning for northern and parts of central Iowa has been extended through Saturday evening as "local creeks and streams, as well as the main river branches are running high", according to the weather service. "If we get to the next threshold, the plant would go to a shutdown", Becker said.

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