Rescues, evacuations as floodwaters breach levees in Midwest

Potential flooding is possible this weekend

Rescues, evacuations as floodwaters breach levees in Midwest

The restrictions come as the river reached moderate flood stage at almost 32 feet on Friday at Omaha, where it's expected to crest at almost 34 feet on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Additionally, the Missouri River is expected to crest at 30.8 feet in Sioux City and 32.9 feet on the Big Sioux River.

A flood watch is in place for areas including the Speed River through Cambridge, Conestogo River through St. Jacobs and the Grand River through West Montrose.

Midland city officials say Emerson Park, Dublin Avenue, West St. Andrews Road, Currie Parkway, Pomranky Road, St. Charles Street and Poseyville Road likely will be under water this weekend. It was expected to crest at 17.6 feet today before receding.

Flood warnings are in effect for the Tittabawassee River in Midland from 3:12 p.m. Friday, March 15, through 2:40 a.m. Monday, March 18, and for the Saginaw River in Saginaw from 8 a.m. Saturday, March 16, through 2 p.m. Monday.

The late winter storm, dubbed a "bomb cyclone" by meteorologists, left blizzards, floods and tornados in its wake after hitting the U.S. Mountain and Plains states this week, before pushing east into the Midwest and the Great Lakes Region early Friday.

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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.

Pietrycha says the heavy rain which has aggravated flooding conditions in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas has ended. More than 25,000 homes and businesses were still without power Friday in Colorado, mostly in the Denver area.

A ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy weather situation as the National Weather Service doesn't anticipate any more rain for a while.

Since issuing that statement, the Weather Service itself had to evacuate due to a dike failure on the Platte River. Flooding, hail and strong winds also were reported in parts of the two states. Be prepared to take action if flooding develops.

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