Omaha Public Radio News
1:19 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

National Guard soldiers to continue levee monitoring through end of July

Omaha, NE – The Missouri River will rise to near 36 feet at Omaha within the next few days.

Omaha's Missouri River Unified Command updated the flood situation Thursday morning. Assistant Fire Chief Dan Stolinski, the spokesman for Unified Command, says flooding of the Little and Big Sioux rivers will raise the water level downstream.

Stolinski says the Missouri River will reach 35.7 to 35.8 feet within the next few days. That's nearly seven feet above flood stage. Nebraska National Guard soldiers will remain in Omaha through at least July 31st, monitoring the city's levee system.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to scale back releases from Gavins Point Dam on July 31st. Omaha Public Works officials say when that happens, it'll drop the river level at Omaha by a foot within one week.

Flood Warnings continue along the Missouri River from Sioux City to Rulo.