Historic floods hit Nebraska after 'bomb cyclone' storm

TOP STORY: From too much snow to too much rain?

"The good news is we're not expecting any rain or heavy rain any time over the next five to seven days or so, in the area or north of the area that would flow back down into the Missouri", Pietrycha says.

A flood warning issued Wednesday by the National Weather Service in Des Moines remains in effect until 10:15 a.m. Thursday for Dallas and Guthrie counties. In Valley, Nebraska, a section of Union Dike reportedly failed on Friday, causing a flash flood emergency. If the Missouri River reaches 45.5 feet - which would threaten the levee protecting the plant - workers will pull the fuel rods that generate power, said Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker, who added that there was no danger to the public. The National Weather Service in an updated outlook Friday said "significant" snowmelt flooding is likely in the valley.

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday shut down all traffic on the Missouri River from about 50 miles south of Omaha, Nebraska, downstream to St. Joseph, Missouri, a stretch of about 70 miles. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts also issued an emergency declaration after rivers swollen by rain and dam breaches left many bridges and roads impassable and triggered the evacuation of thousands of residents.

A roadside sign is almost engulfed in water Friday from the flooding Rock River at Castle Rock State Park, along state Route 2 near Oregon. We now do not have any county or state roads closed. It is forecast to rise above flood stage by Saturday morning and crest around 17.4 feet early Sunday morning, resulting in minor flooding.

The National Weather Service predicted risky flooding would continue through the weekend in Nebraska and in south and west central Iowa, particularly along the Missouri River. There are no immediate reports of any injuries, but homes and trees were damaged and power was knocked out to thousands.

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The Wisconsin towns of Lodi and Darlington have seen particularly impressive flooding. The flooding was the worst in almost a decade in places.

The flooding has been caused by a combination of factors.

The surging water was fueled by a powerful winter storm - a "bomb cyclone" - that battered the region with strong winds and heavy rainfall. Coupled with determining the rate at which new precipitation will fall and how fast snow will melt, it turns into one giant equation.

"And the ground was completely frozen", he said in an interview.

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