Flood warning to expire at 10:15 am Thursday

Elkhorn River Flood Warning

Elkhorn River Flood Warning

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a statement today (Friday) saying: "Widespread and extremely risky flooding will continue today and tonight".

The late winter "bomb cyclone" that stunned more than 25 states with snow, rain and wind has caused flooding that is threatening the operational safety of a nuclear power plant in southeast Nebraska. The closure was reminiscent of historic flooding along the river in 2011 that saw segments of the interstate in western Iowa washed away.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an emergency disaster proclamation and activated the state emergency operations center Thursday.

NPPD said its workers have filled sandbags along the river levee and procured other materials and supplies for flood protection. Significant and rapid river level increases are possible due to excessive runoff.

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

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The plant continues to operate safely and "there is no threat to plant employees or to the public", the utility said in a release.

A roadside sign is almost engulfed in water Friday from the flooding Rock River at Castle Rock State Park, along state Route 2 near Oregon. The flooding has led to evacuations and has also affected some infrastructure. They could be tested this year.

Pietrycha says the heavy rain which has aggravated flooding conditions in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas has ended. The flood stage is 24 feet. The mayor of Columbus also told the affiliate stations that person was a farmer on a tractor out to rescue someone from the flood waters. There are no immediate reports of any injuries, but homes and trees were damaged and power was knocked out to thousands.

In Omaha, the National Weather Service office was evacuated due to flooding concerns.

Flooding is also common if somewhat less widespread in parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and South Dakota in particular.

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