Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Possible flood warning issued for Saturday

Possible flood warning issued for Saturday

Some of the most significant flooding thus far has hit eastern Nebraska.

While water levels in St. Joseph temporarily receded, forecasts still call for the swollen river to rise into major flood stage next week.

Forecasters said Saturday that at least five states were still facing the flood threat.

A levee failure has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood emergency for Fremont and a flash flood warning southeastern Dodge County, according to a NWS alert: "A levee breach on the northwest side of town along the Platte River has failed which will cause flash flooding shortly of the immediately surrounding areas".

"And the ground was completely frozen", he said in an interview. In Douglas County, people in about 200 homes along the Platte and Elkhorn have been asked to leave.

There is a flood watch in place for the Conestogo River through Drayton and St. Jacobs, and the Speed River through Cambridge.

When it does, he said, there will be another round of flooding in those states that will then move south along the MS into IL and Iowa.

"The storms this week have been extremely hard for many of our communities", Noem said in a statement.

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The powerful wind and snow that created huge snowdrifts in cattle country also closed hundreds of miles of interstates in the Dakotas.

The warning extends from Wednesday evening to Friday afternoon. 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. Runoff from several inches of melting snow coupled with recent rains have pushed creeks out of their banks, left low-lying land underwater, and caused rivers to swell.

"Nebraska has experienced historic flooding and extreme weather in almost every region of the state", Ricketts posted in a statement on Twitter.

President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that he had spoken to Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts about the flooding.

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"The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies", the GRCA said.

"There's a lot of people impacted that had to get out real fast", she said. "That rainfall on top of the snowmelt was going to overwhelm the reservoir system so they had to release a whole lot of water out of Gavins Point".

Northeastern Butler County in east central Nebraska...

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