NWS issues flash flood emergency in Fremont

Rivers Rise Watching for Ice Jams

Elkhorn River Flood Warning

Flooding in the central USA on Friday caused by rain and snowmelt from a massive late-winter storm forced hundreds of people to evacuate, threatened a nuclear power plant and shut down traffic on part of the Missouri River, foreshadowing a hard spring flooding season. Even if they are well back from a known water source, the location might be the last, best spot to turn around. A farmer there was swept away and killed while attempting to help rescue others from floodwaters on his tractor.

The flood information service says: "We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads around the Rivers Beal, Roch and their tributaries".

"Anyone with interests along impacted rivers should monitor closely/take action", the weather service said. No flooding is occurring presently but minor flooding is possible.

Southeastern Colfax County in northeastern Nebraska... It is now at 42.5 feet and rising.

The plant was built at 903 feet above sea level, which is 13 feet above natural grade, NPPD said.

Officials in other parts of Nebraska said a Norfolk man was seen on top of his flooded auto late on Thursday before being swept away and another man was missing after being swept away when a dam collapsed on the Niobrara river. During the historic summer flooding in 2011, Cooper sandbagged and barricaded the doorways but kept functioning.

The level of the Missouri River is rising rapidly, and this has caused requests to evacuate residents. Flood stage is 17 feet, and the river is forecast to rise above flood stage by Wednesday evening and crest near 20 feet by after midnight tonight. The record level of the Missouri River in St. Joseph is 32.1 feet, set in 1993.

Roads entering and exiting Fremont remain closed. Flooding, hail and strong winds also were reported in parts of the two states.

The Wisconsin towns of Lodi and Darlington have seen particularly impressive flooding. "There's been a little bit more of that this year, in terms of spring flood potential", Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said.

Pete Ricketts said the state has experienced historic flooding in almost every region.

The flooding has been caused by a combination of factors.

High-resolution visible imagery from NASA's Terra satellite showing a wide view of the Plains on March 4, when snow blanketed virtually the entire region, then on March 15, 2019, after the Bomb Cyclone departed and skies cleared. It was exacerbated by a now-melting hefty winter snow pack left by record winter precipitation. Ice jam blockades on rivers and still-frozen ground, which maximizes runoff, are only making matters worse.

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