Omaha, NE – The city of Council Bluffs is looking for volunteers to help fill sandbags.
A news release from the city says sandbagging will take place Saturday and Sunday mornings in the parking lot of the Mid America Center. Volunteers are needed both days starting at 8 am to fill sandbags.
Officials say all volunteers are welcome. Volunteers under age 16 must be with an adult.
Omaha, NE – The city of Omaha has closed the road leading to Freedom Park due to rising flood water and motorists driving on the levee.
A news release from Mayor Jim Suttle's office says OPD and Omaha Public Works closed the road Thursday night out of concern for both public safety and the stability of the levee. Freedom Park closed Wednesday, and Suttle's office says flood water is now on the road leading to the park.
Omaha, NE – The Missouri River is a foot-and-a-half above flood stage in Blair and four feet above flood stage in Plattsmouth.
The river was at 30.6 feet at Plattsmouth as of Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Cass County Emergency Management Agency spokesman Roger Burns says the river will continue to rise as water is released from Gavins Point Dam.
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle has issued a disaster declaration as the Missouri River approaches record flood stage.
Suttle announced the disaster declaration Wednesday. It's the first step in securing state and federal funding to help cover expenses.
The Missouri River is above flood stage of 29 feet as of Wednesday morning. Colonel Robert Ruch of the Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District says the river will crest later this month at 34 to 36 feet. Col. Ruch says the levee along Omaha's riverfront is 42 feet.