Nebraska floods leave towns submerged and at least one dead

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Further north in Nebraska, the Missouri and Platte rivers were flooding in and around Omaha. A wind advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Wednesday, and a high wind watch is in effect from 9 a.m. -7 p.m. Thursday.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, farmland and other low-lying spots.

Early Friday afternoon, the Missouri State Highway Patrol closed Interstate 29 at US 136 near Rock Port, Missouri, and north to the Iowa border due to flooding conditions.

The powerful storm pushed some waterways, including the Missouri River, to record levels in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. Blue Rapids resident, Dakota Holmes said.

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An updated "Spring Flood Outlook" published by the National Weather Service's St. Louis office last week said major flooding was more likely than not at every point where they measure the river's depth from Quincy, Chester, Ill., with the exceptions of Grafton, Ill., and Louisiana, Mo., where the odds are just under 50 percent.

Tom Wilke, his son Chad, and Nick Kenny launch a boat into the swollen waters of the Elkhorn River to check on Witke's flooded property, in Norfolk, Neb., on Friday, March 15.

Moderate flooding is expected along the Tittabawassee River in Midland County when it crests around 27 feet on Saturday morning.

The governor said the State of Emergency Operations Center activated at a Level 3 Friday morning.

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Full closures of I-29 are in place at United States 136 at Rock Port, Mo.

Travelers already on I-29 North Drivers who are now heading north on I-29 should use United States 71 North north of St. Joseph to I-35 if possible. Farmland typically takes the brunt of the flood damage.

Please do not assume that a highway that is clear of flooding in Missouri will be clear in Iowa, Kansas or Nebraska.

More information can be found on the GRCA's website. Flood coordinators are advised to monitor conditions along River Drive (south of Caledonia), Sims Lock Road, Grand Sports Road as well as the communities of Cayuga and Port Maitland.

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Other variables include relocation of water by a dam breach or increased flow from a dam releasing more water upstream. Swiftly moving water is able to scour away entire roadbeds in an instant.

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