Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Flood warning issued as Saginaw, Tittabawassee rivers rise

Flood warning issued as Saginaw, Tittabawassee rivers rise

Meanwhile, a flood warning has been issued for the Nith River, where flows through New Hamburg are expected to peak on Friday afternoon based on the current forecast.

Nebraska and other parts of the Midwest are coping with heavy flooding this weekend in the wake of a powerful "bomb cyclone" as well as from the natural snow melt during spring thaw, forecasters said.

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

The flood information service says: "We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and their tributaries". 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.

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Grand River (Grand Valley): Flood coordinators in Grand Valley are advised to monitor conditions and prepare to close Highway 25 through Grand Valley. Significant and rapid river level increases are possible due to excessive runoff. The releases are expected to worsen flooding downstream, though the agency was helping with levee monitoring and other flood response measures, and it stopped releases from Fort Randall Dam upstream from Gavins Point.

In the section of the Missouri River meandering through southeastern Nebraska to the Iowa border, the Cooper Nuclear Station declared a "notification of unusual event" early Friday morning, signaling that the river had surpassed a height which causes concern.

It said the plant continued to operate safely and there was no threat to plant employees or to the public. Flood stage is 9.0 feet.

More than 140,000 farm acres are anticipated to be affected by the flooding. Homes were reported damaged, while power was knocked out to thousands. The weather service recorded a 60 miles per hour wind gust at Indianapolis International Airport.

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