River flooding expected by end of week

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A flood warning also was in effect on the Rock River at Castle Rock State Park downstream to Lee County, where the river was at 17.5 feet Friday, a foot and a half above flood stage.

The slight lowering of the river, locally, comes as several levees upstream have breached or completely failed.

A flood warning has been issued for the Missouri River at Kansas City as well.

A flash flood has closed I-29 in Iowa and expected major flooding near the highway in Missouri prompted closure here as well.

Meanwhile, a flood warning has been issued for the Nith River, where flows through New Hamburg are expected to peak on Friday afternoon based on the current forecast. The plant itself sits 903 feet above sea level.

As areas up and down the Missouri River brace for the worst, the threat for flooding may not be over anytime soon.

The Union County Emergency Management says residents along the Missouri River should try to secure their property and prepare to evacuate.

Since issuing that statement, the Weather Service itself had to evacuate due to a dike failure on the Platte River.

The Mississippi River recorded moderate flooding Saturday from Rock Island, Illinois, south to Burlington, Iowa.

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Blue Rapids residents say flooding like this is just a normal part of life for them, because it doesn't usually get too risky, or affect their houses.

"If it melts all at once, that's not good", Watson said.

The highest crest on record for the Missouri River in St. Joseph occurred in late July of 1993. He said usually the reservoirs along the northern Missouri basin can handle the excess snowfall, which the mountains experienced in 2011.

"This is the largest widespread amount of flooding we've had in the last half century", he said, according to CNN affiliate KTIV.

"All the rivers respond differently, have different time scales that they flood and then recede".

The storm gained "bomb cyclogenesis" or "bombogenesis" status earlier in the week after its air pressure dropped precipitously within 24 hours, causing wind gusts of almost 100 mph while simultaneously dropping several inches of snow and rain.

"What we're trying to do is make sure that we have everything in place to help the local communities here to respond to this", Parson said. It's warmed up. The ground is frozen still. It was exacerbated by a now-melting hefty winter snow pack left by record winter precipitation.

"You combine all of that data into the forecast", said Watson.

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