Union County residents along Missouri River asked to prepare for flooding

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The NWS reckons there is a 10 percent chance that the river crests at least 38 feet, above the highest ever recorded by the Army Corps of Engineers in July of 1993.

Evacuation efforts in eastern Nebraska and some spots in western Iowa on Saturday were hampered by reports of levee breaches and washouts of bridges and roads, including part of Nebraska Highway 92, leading in and out of southwest Omaha.

The GRCA says ice sheets in the river could break up and shift, causing ice jams.

The flood warning continues for the North Raccoon River near Perry or from the Greene-Dallas County line to Adel. If ice becomes trapped along the river it could mean drastically increased water levels behind it, depending on severity and potentially happening very quickly. A flood warning was in effect for the Rock River in Como, where the river had reached 15 feet Friday, 2 1/2 feet above flood stage.

"This is the worst flooding we've had since then", Darlington Police Chief Jason King said, according to the news station.

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The flooding prompted evacuations of hundreds of people in Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota, washed out roads and left farmers concerned for their livestock. Additionally, the Missouri River is expected to crest at 30.8 feet in Sioux City and 32.9 feet on the Big Sioux River. Warming weather and rapid snow melt is in the forecast for the area, but no further rain is in the short range forecast.

When a flood alert is in place, residents are advised to prepare a bag containing medicines, insurance documents and other important items, and to check for flood warnings. His cousin, Paul Wilke, told the Columbus Telegram that James Wilke's body was found downstream. A funeral home confirmed the death.

Officials in other parts of Nebraska say a Norfolk man was seen on top of his flooded vehicle late Thursday before being swept away in the water and another man is missing after being swept away by waters when a dam collapsed on the Niobrara River.

The flood information service has issued a "Flooding is possible - be prepared" warning for the River Roch and the River Beal following anticipated heavy rainfall on Saturday 16 March. "That's how fast the water was coming up", Martin said.

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