Missouri River to rise above flood stage at Omaha

Jun 18, 2014

A Flood Warning is in effect along the Missouri River.

The National Weather Service in Omaha issued a Flood Warning for Decatur and Omaha. It’s in effect from Friday evening through Tuesday afternoon. A Flood Warning is in effect at Plattsmouth, Nebraska City, Brownville, and Rulo.

Dave Pearson, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Omaha, says moderate flooding is anticipated.

"We’re expecting the river to get to or just above flood stage, which is pretty substantial, it’s usually pretty hard to flood the Missouri River at Omaha. And then going downstream it gets progressively worse because more water is entering the river from those other tributaries."

Recent heavy rain in Sioux Falls and Sioux City will raise the river level at Omaha to 32 feet by Sunday evening, three feet above flood stage. At 29 feet, N.P. Dodge, Freedom, Playland, and Haworth Parks flood.

The city of Omaha closed part of N.P. Dodge Park Wednesday.

Also, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to cut releases from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota from 30,000 cubic feet per second to 12,000 cfs.