A crest of 29.6 feet if forecast, which would be more than a foot above the record high. The chance the river will reach major flood stage in Fargo, North Dakota, has increased from 50 percent last week to 90 percent now.
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. As of Saturday evening, the river stood at just under 25 feet, which is considered moderate flooding.
The river is forecast to fall below flood stage by Thursday afternoon.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing releases from a dam along the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota as flooding escalates across the region due to a massive late-winter storm.
Releases from the Fort Randall Dam upstream have been stopped to create more capacity behind Gavins Point.
Fremont, Nebraska's sixth largest city, has become "an island" due to the floodwaters, which have breached dams and levees and may force the Cooper Nuclear plant to shut down out of an abundance of caution.
The rising water has reduced stores and homes to rubble and ripped off a long chunk of a highway bridge, according to photos posted on Twitter by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.
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"The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies", the GRCA said.
A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is occurring or will be shortly and some roads will be flooded. The victim, 55-year-old Aleido Rojas Galan of Norfolk, Nebraska, was one of three men trapped by flooding in the town of Riverton after their vehicle was swept away and they tried to swim to safety. Flood stage is 15.0 feet. Xcel Energy said crews were being brought in from other states to help restore service. At 20.0 feet, limited evacuations may begin in residential areas of Adel along with extensive sandbagging. And in Mills County, Iowa, authorities ordered people in some rural areas to evacuate after the Missouri River overtopped levees. "If there were calves born during the storm, it would be tough for them to stay alive".
Pietrycha says the heavy rain which has aggravated flooding conditions in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas has ended. "There's a lot of damage".
Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska have all declared states of emergencies.
The storm also spawned at least three tornadoes in MI and in on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. In central portions of the state, some homes have been evacuated near Otho, where some ice jams have also been reported.
The NWS also has warned of strong winds expected in the area, with gusts up to 45 miles per hour expected Wednesday and up to 60 mph Thursday.
Early Friday afternoon, the Missouri State Highway Patrol closed Interstate 29 at USA 136 near Rock Port, Missouri, and north to the Iowa border due to flooding conditions.
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