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Midwest flooding forces evacuations, closing of road, river

17 March, 2019, 12:10 | Author: Taylor George
  • Sandbags protect downtown Clarksville

"It's nearly like all of this rain was falling, melting snow and every last drop had to run off". Blue Rapids residents are not too concerned with flooding reaching their homes at this point, as they have a levee that keeps the river out of town, even above flood stage. The flooding was the worst in almost a decade in places, though the situation was expected to improve quickly over the weekend, according to Mike Gillispie, National Weather Service hydrologist in Sioux Falls. It is forecast to rise above flood stage by late Friday afternoon and crest around 27 feet Saturday morning, resulting in moderate flooding.

If you live in a flood prone area, it is a good idea to prepare for the rising water and have a plan to evacuate should you need to. "Residents please to quickly evacuate and move to higher ground now!"

Weather service meteorologist Brian Pierce in Davenport, Iowa, says moderate flooding Saturday along the Mississippi River is just the beginning. 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. The flood stage at Kansas City is 32 feet.

"This is the largest widespread amount of flooding we've had in the last half century", he said, according to CNN affiliate KTIV.

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is occurring or will be shortly and some roads will be flooded.

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Workers filled sandbags along the river levee and used other materials for flood protection, the power agency said.

Snow, rain and powerful winds are sweeping across the Upper Midwest.

The midweek storm crippled parts of Colorado and Wyoming with blizzard conditions. The closure was reminiscent of historic flooding along the river in 2011 that saw segments of the interstate in western Iowa washed away.

In Nebraska, Gov. Pete Ricketts said almost every part of the state is experiencing historic flooding. State police said first-responders say at least 21 homes were damaged, though no injuries have been reported.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, farmland and other low-lying spots. Water in that location is now subsiding, but only after a portion of the city was submerged.

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