Nebraska floods leave towns submerged and at least one dead

Nebraska floods leave towns submerged and at least one dead

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.

The National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Pierce, in Davenport, Iowa, said moderate flooding on Saturday along the MS river was just the beginning of the "dress rehearsal for the main event that's going to happen in early April", given that there is snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin that has yet to melt.

A flood watch is in place for areas including the Speed River through Cambridge, Conestogo River through St. Jacobs and the Grand River through West Montrose. The river was at 28 feet by 9 a.m. Friday, and expected to continue to rise to near 33.5 feet by Tuesday, according to the weather service. Conditions will be monitored closely.

The swollen Missouri threatened a nuclear power plant in southeastern Nebraska.

A flood alert has been issued for Sheffield, as heavy rain drenches the city. The story is much the same throughout the central USA, where flooding swamped small towns, forced residents to evacuate, and threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant in Nebraska.

The plant sits near Brownville about 59 miles (95.5 kilometers) south of Omaha.

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The Missouri River was in a holding pattern Saturday.

Pierce says when it does there will be another round of flooding in those states that will then move south along the Mississippi River into IL and Iowa.

In Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers said flooding was impacting "homes, businesses, and cities and towns" across the state.

The two cities have implemented several measures such as home buyouts and levees since then. Meteorologist Brian Pierce with the National Weather Service's Quad Cities office in Davenport, Iowa, said flooding on the MS could get worse a few weeks as more snow melts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The flood stage at Kansas City is 32 feet.

The storm also spawned at least three tornadoes in MI and in on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Nebraska has had two flood-related fatalities this week, Wight said. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads.

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