Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Heavy rain atop frozen ground causes flooding in Midwest

Heavy rain atop frozen ground causes flooding in Midwest

Waters rise Thursday on the Elkhorn River south of Arlington, Nebraska.

Local law enforcement agencies reported flooding at points across the warned area at 6 a.m. Thursday.

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. The river is expected to crest at St. Joseph on Tuesday at just over 30 feet. Some of the rivers expected to be impacted the most include the Yellow, Fox, Kickapoo, Mississippi, Baraboo, Rock, Pecatonica, Sugar, and Turtle.

Rising waters along the Pecatonica and Rock rivers flooded some homes in the northern IL cities of Freeport, Rockford and Machesney Park. Keep in mind to never drive through high water as you don't know how deep it really is or how stable the ground is. "People who live near rivers should be paying close attention to flooding updates and be ready to move valuable property, if necessary". The city is now working to bolster levees. The river is projected to reach 47.1 feet this weekend before it begins to go down.

Flooding is also common across Iowa, with numerous roads statewide closed. The closure was reminiscent of historic flooding along the river in 2011 that saw segments of the interstate in western Iowa washed away. Flood stage is 9.0 feet. Emergency workers used boats to evacuate residents.

The midweek storm crippled parts of Colorado and Wyoming with blizzard conditions.

"We are closely monitoring the situation". There are no immediate reports of any injuries, but homes and trees were damaged and power was knocked out to thousands. The weather service recorded a 60 miles per hour (97 kph) wind gust at Indianapolis International Airport.

Gusty winds may continue into Friday across parts of the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, with mainly light rain or snow showers also possible through Saturday as another weaker cold front passes through.

"I would not say the plan is in danger as it is operating safely at 100 percent and would be taken off line safely as well if necessary", Becker said.

Travelers already on I-29 North Drivers who are now heading north on I-29 should use U.S. 71 North north of St. Joseph to I-35 if possible.

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