Forecasters examine variables of rising Missouri River

Forecasters examine variables of rising Missouri River

Forecasters examine variables of rising Missouri River

Floodwaters will quickly rise 4 to 5 feet along the Platte River and will quickly flood locations immediately adjacent to the river.

The National Weather Service says the Missouri River at St. Joseph reached almost 26 feet on Saturday, about a foot below what's considered major flooding at the northwest Missouri city.

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Forecasts from the Weather Service indicate that the water level at the plant may rise to about 45.5 feet this weekend, which would require a shutdown.

In northeast Nebraska, the city of Norfolk remains under a large-scale evacuation on its east side.

The highest crest on record for the Missouri River in St. Joseph occurred in late July of 1993. 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. "People who live near rivers should be paying close attention to flooding updates and be ready to move valuable property, if necessary".

"The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies", the GRCA said. The road may have washed away or you could be washed away from flood waters. The storm blew from the western Rockies to the Central Plains last week.

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The neighboring cities of Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, experienced a record flood 10 years ago.

Minor flooding is forecast Wednesday, according to the weather service. "This has been a statewide emergency with people impacted by heavy snow, high winds, rain, and freezing rain".

Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska have all declared states of emergencies.

Also on Friday morning, officials with the Bay City Wastewater Treatment Plant announced they had begun discharging treated combine sewage flow to the Saginaw River from a retention treatment basin located at 2905 N. Water St.

According to the NWS, "the low-pressure system which brought blizzard conditions, heavy rainfall, and severe weather to parts of the Plains and Midwest this week has pushed well into Canada this morning". "I have no place to go", said Dale Chaney of Percival.

Flooding is also common across Iowa, with numerous roads statewide closed.

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