The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a statement today (Friday) saying: "Widespread and extremely risky flooding will continue today and tonight".
Major ice jams on both rivers near Columbus led to a flash flood emergency Thursday in the area.
Rescue and evacuation efforts have been continuing in many areas of eastern Nebraska, where a deluge of recent rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers.
Speed River (City of Cambridge): Flood coordinators in the City of Cambridge are advised to monitor and prepare to close Blackbridge Road at the Speed River on Friday.
In the section of the Missouri River meandering through southeastern Nebraska to the Iowa border, the Cooper Nuclear Station declared a "notification of unusual event" early Friday morning, signaling that the river had surpassed a height which causes concern. And in Freemont, west of Omaha, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office ordered some residents to evacuate after floodwaters broke through a levee along the Platte River. Flood stage is 9.0 feet. The president also praised first responders and emergency response teams for doing "a great job dealing" with flooding, high winds and road closures.
The Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota is now releasing 100,000 cubic feet of water per second due to rapid plains snow melt and heavy rainfall.
The storm also spawned at least three tornadoes in MI and in on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
The Coast Guard and Corps also requested all river vessel operators create as little wake as possible between St. Joseph downstream to Kansas City to minimize levee damage.
Major to moderate flooding has been reported across Nebraska.
Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told NPR many areas will remain water-logged for days. DO NOT take USA 275 North. Flooding in Hamburg, Iowa will block your progress. Don't drive through flooded roads.
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