Omaha, NE – A Volunteer Coordination Center has been set up in Council Bluffs.
Council Bluffs Fire Chief Alan Byers, who's leading the city's flood response efforts, says First Christian Church is now handling all volunteer requests. He says anyone wanting to volunteer should now call 712-325-4736. "This number will be answered from eight to six Monday through Friday. Any one individual who would like to register to volunteer for it, being sandbags or any other activity, is asked to call this number."
Omaha, NE – Council Bluffs emergency management officials have a new three-level warning system in the event of significant flooding.
Fire Chief Alan Byers says the level of warning is based on the possibility of a levee breach. A level one warning means a flood event is slowing developing in an area, but no evacuation is needed. At level two, there's a significant potential for flooding and emergency management officials will recommend that residents leave.
Omaha, NE – Omaha officials are concerned that heavy rain could cause water to back up in to downtown.
At a briefing Monday afternoon, Omaha Public Works officials released projections for downtown flooding should the city receive 2.4 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. The maps project up to a foot of standing water in the Qwest Center and TD Ameritrade Park parking lots if such a rainfall happens. Heavy rainfall could result in standing water in areas north of the ballpark as well.