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The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will remain at a high level because of all the rain that fell in the area over the last month.

Disaster Declaration Issued

Jun 3, 2019

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  A new disaster declaration is in effect for Council Bluffs, Crescent and Pottawattamie County.  The declaration was issued on Friday due to renewed flooding along the Missouri River.  The Missouri River is expected to crest today at more than 31 feet, and it is expected to remain at that level until Wednesday.  Local officials also submitted a request to the Iowa governor's office to reactivate the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents who have been affected by the flooding.

photo courtesy of Emily Chen-Newton KIOS News

Only weeks after reopening in the wake of historic flooding along the Missouri River in March, Interstate 29 on and off ramps for Highway 2 in southwest Iowa have again closed due to flooding.

Highway 2 connects southwest Iowa to Nebraska City, Nebraska, over the Missouri River. The Omaha World-Herald reports that as of Saturday morning, floodwater was covering the ramps to the highway from I-29.

Flood Damage Roads Causing Traffic Problems

May 7, 2019
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  Flood-damaged roads are leading to traffic problems in Elkhorn.  Closures have been in effect on portions of Dodge, Q and Center streets since the March floods.  As a result, congestion has been reported on West Maple Road and other streets.  West Dodge is expected to reopen to traffic next month, and West Center is scheduled to reopen in July.

Gov. Ricketts, India Assoc. Present Check To United Way

Apr 30, 2019
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Tens-of-thousands of dollars are pouring into the United Way of Midlands for flood recovery.  Governor Pete Ricketts joined the India Association of Nebraska and Hindu Temple yesterday to present a 54-thousand-dollar check to the United Way.  WOWT reports the money was raised during a three-hour luncheon back in March.  Ricketts says Nebraska has received about 60-million dollars in financial aid since the flooding started but he estimates the state has about 85-million dollars worth of damage.

Another Mobile Home Park Lost To Flooding

Apr 24, 2019
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Another Bellevue mobile home park will have to be torn down following flooding.  The Sands Trailer Park was heavily damaged by flooding along the Platte River last month.  Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis said the park's owners are working with the county and FEMA on plans to demolish the park's 40 homes.  Most residents had until April 15th to remove their belongings from the trailer park.

 

Paradise Lakes Homes To Be Demolished

Apr 23, 2019
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A flood-damaged Bellevue mobile home park is facing demolition.  A barricade went up yesterday at the entrance to Paradise Lakes after residents finished gathering their belongings on Sunday.  All of the units at the mobile home park have been ruled to be contaminated after last month's floods.  Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike says the city is working to make sure the mobile homes are demolished as soon as possible.

 

(Undated, IA)  --  Construction on the flood damaged part of Interstate-29 in southwest Iowa is underway.  The Iowa Department of Transportation says it's working to repair a stretch of the interstate from U.S. Highway 34 all the way to the Missouri border and it plans to have it back open by June.  Updates on construction are available on the Iowa DOT website.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The flooding that devastated huge swaths of Nebraska may put a dent in the state budget and force the postponement of other expenses, but officials said the recovery costs should be manageable.

Lawmakers are bracing for a likely wave of state agency budget requests in the next fiscal year as the state government's share of the total cost becomes clearer.

Sen. John Stinner, of Gering, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, says lawmakers want to ensure the state has enough cash to handle new flood-related expenses as well as future weather disasters.

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  The governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri are calling for changes in flood management on the Missouri River.  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says states need to take an active role:  

(Offutt Air Force Base, NE)  --  Offutt Air Force Base is resuming runway activity after it was closed from a flood-out.  Officials said yesterday that inspections revealed no structural problems.  It's not yet clear when nine aircrafts that were evacuated during the recent severe flooding might return, according to a report from the Air Force Times. Floodwaters have not yet completely receded from all portions of the base.

(Glenwood, IA)  --  A water treatment plant in a community southeast of Omaha is offline.  Mills County, Iowa, Public Health officials say the Glenwood Municipal Utilities treatment plant in Pacific Junction is underwater following flooding that moved into the area two weeks ago.  The Army Corps of Engineers is working on a plan to build a water barrier around the plant, but officials say it could be weeks before the facility is up and running.  Residents can pick up water supplies and apply for assistance at the Glenwood Resource Center.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Flooding is continuing to impact travel in Nebraska.  The state Department of Transportation says as of yesterday, more than 13-hundred miles of highways have reopened, but more than 250 miles are still closed.  The floodwaters have forced officials to close 15 damaged bridges on state highways.

As a public service to all needing help and assistance, below is a guide of hyperlinks and phone numbers where people can find answers about safety, available aid, and other information for those affected by the Heartland Flood.  

Government Assistance

President Trump declared a disaster in Nebraska on Thursday, making federal funds available to state residents and businesses affected by floods.

Nebraska DOT officials say at least 15 bridges on the state's highway system have been washed out or otherwise damaged by flooding over the past two weeks.  Affected bridges are as follows:  Highway 11 just south of Butte; Highway 12 Mormon canal and Highway 12 Niobrara River, both west of Niobrara; Highway 13 east of Hadar; two bridges on Highway 15 resulting in a closure from Linwood Spur to south of Schuyler; two bridges on Highway 14 resulting in a closure from the junction of Highway 92 to Albion; Highway 39 just south of Genoa; Highway 57 south of Stanton; Highway 94 Truss Bridge east

National Broadcasters Association

As Nebraska and Iowa contend with historic flooding, the Nebraska Broadcasters Association is working with member TV and radio stations and the American Red Cross on a one-day fundraising event, “#NebraskaStrong Drive for Flood Relief,” to take place this Friday, March 22nd.  The NBA kicked off the drive today with a $20,000 donation to the American Red Cross.

(Omaha, NE)  --  Vice President Mike Pence is working to make federal aid available for Nebraska communities impacted by flooding.  The Vice President was accompanied by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst and Nebraska Congressman Don Bacon as he toured flood impacted areas in Nebraska yesterday.  Pence says the entire country stands with the flood victims.

Omaha and Fremont Reconnect!

Mar 19, 2019

The Nebraska Department of Transportation reopened West Maple Road (Highway 64) Tuesday morning in the wake of record flooding that shut-down the highway on Friday.  The move cleared a path to connect Valley and Fremont with Omaha.

Late Monday, NDOT reopened southbound Highway 75 south of Omaha, Cass County officials confirmed.

The lanes had been closed due to flooding south of Highway 34. The northbound lanes remained closed in the area Tuesday morning. 

Other highways back open Tuesday morning include:

A Nebraska city walled off by massive flooding is getting a big lift from private pilots who are offering free flights to shuttle stranded residents to and from their hometown.

Authorities say flooding from the Platte River and other waterways is so bad that just one highway lane into Fremont remains uncovered, and access to that road is severely restricted.

(Fremont, NE)  --  Pilots are providing flood relief to residents in Fremont.  As of this past weekend, the town was surrounded by floodwater and nearly all roads to the community remained closed.  Pilots are flying supplies to Fremont including food and water.  Officials say anyone who needs to fly into or out of Fremont can do so for free, and flights will continue today. 

(Bellevue, NE)  --  Flooding is impacting operations at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha.  At least 30 buildings on the Nebraska base have been damaged by floodwaters and 16-hundred base employees have been relocated.  Offutt officials say only essential personnel were on duty at the base yesterday.  Airmen and volunteers began flood operations on Friday morning and filled thousands of sandbags in a 36-hour period.           

Nebraska Public Power District

The rising Missouri River has prompted Nebraska Public Power District’s Cooper Nuclear Station to declare a “Notification of Unusual Event.”   

Links to Traffic, Flood & Weather Conditions

Mar 15, 2019
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The following are links to official sources of information that should provide current traffic, flooding, and weather conditions:

National Weather Service Omaha, Eppley Field

Nebraska 511 Travel Information

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri River Water Management

(The lik to the 511.Nebraska.gov website is https://hb.511.nebraska.gov/#roadReports/eventAlbum/WazeAlerts-464465?timeFrame=TODAY&layers=allReports%2CroadReports%2CwazeReports%2CwinterDriving%2Crwis

(UPDATE - 1:12 p.m.) - According to the 511.Nebraska.gov website all roads near Fremont and surronding areas in Dodge county have flooded and are closed.   

(UPDATE 12:28 p.m.) - **EVACUATION UPDATE**  North Bend has issued a citywide voluntary evacuation order. They are urging all residents to leave North Bend immediately and head for Snyder. Authorities say the situation at North Bend is rapidly worsening - please do not wait, leave NOW! 

**EVACUATION UPDATE** City of Fremont evacuation update - all areas south of first street, especially the area between Pierce street and Platte street should evacuate. Police are reporting heavy traffic in this area - do not drive into the south area of Fremont unless you are evacuating.

Please stay out of the way of evacuating residents and first responders!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers are needed to fill sandbags. All volunteers should report to Arps Ready Mix on Vine Street.

Donations to help victims of the Nebraska floods can be made by going to www.UnitedWayMidlands.org or to the charity of your choice.  

[UPDATE] 11:51 a.m. --- FREMONT  – Residents in Valley and the surrounding area are required to evacuate their homes and businesses immediately. This is an emergency mandatory evacuation of the entire township of Valley and all surrounding homes.

Water is continuing to rise after a levee near Reichmuth road was breached. Doug Eggen, Assistant Public Works Superintendent advised that as of 9:38AM, there is a mandatory evacuation order for all Valley residents.

Please evacuate the area NOW to avoid loss of life and safety.

[UPDATE] 11:50 a.m. --- 11:06 a.m. -- The Elkhorn River is flowing over westbound lanes on West Dodge Road. Westbound traffic is backing up after emergency crews blocked westbound lanes of Dodge, starting at 204th Street. Eastbound lanes remain open at this time.

10:41 a.m. -- Sarpy County officials are encouraging residents living along the Missouri or Platte rivers to evacuate at this time.

The National Weather Service in Omaha issued a "Flash Flood Emergency" at 10:18 a.m. CDT this morning due to a levee failure near Valley, Nebraska.  Immediate evacuation orders were issued.  The content of that emergency warning are below:

Flash Flood Warning

...FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR THE VALLEY AREA...

* Flash Flood Warning due to a Levee failure.

Effected counties include:

Southeastern Dodge County

Western Douglas County

Northeastern Saunders

* Until 1015 AM CDT Saturday.

* At 10:18 AM CDT, local law enforcement reported a levee on the Union Dike has failed, which will cause imminent flash flooding of the surrounding areas.

This is a FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY for the areas around Valley between the Platte and Elkhorn Rivers. SEEK HIGHER GROUND NOW!

This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order.

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.  If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately.  Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.

For up to date information, stay tuned to your weather radio or Forecast.weather.gov

WESTERN IOWA -- The threat of flooding along the Missouri River and other streams forced authorities to close stretches of Interstates 29 and 680 as well as Highway 30 in western Iowa.

I-680 is closed between the Mormon Bridge over the Missouri River and the I-29 interchange just west of Crescent. I-680 is also closed between Loveland and Minden.

Interstate 29 has been closed from Missouri Valley to Council Bluffs.

In addition, Highway 30 is closed from Missouri Valley northeast to Dunlap.

(Omaha, NE)  --  Flooding is impacting eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.  Deputies encouraged residents in southwestern Sarpy County to evacuate after water overtopped a levee near Capehart Road yesterday.  All 26-hundred residents of Missouri Valley, Iowa were ordered to evacuate yesterday after multiple levee breaks were reported.  The state patrol says two people were rescued from a vehicle that got caught in floodwaters near Pierce yesterday, and residents along the Platte River between Ashland and Gretna were asked to evacuate last night.

(Bellevue, NE)  --  An Omaha-area park is continuing to be impacted by flooding.  Officials say Haworth Park has closed its camping sites and removed boat docks in the aftermath of last month's floods.  In addition, standing water remains over some of the park's walking trails, playground and picnic areas.    

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Danger from high water has prompted authorities to temporarily close access to the Elkhorn River in eastern Nebraska's Douglas County.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An overnight storm dropped more than 5 inches of rain on eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, causing street flooding and forcing some schools to close for the day.

DEWITT, Neb. (AP) — Governor Pete Ricketts has declared a state of emergency in areas of Nebraska affected by tornadoes and flooding.

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