HISTORIC FLOODING ALONG MISSOURI RIVER
(COUNCIL BLUFFS) It’s being called a historic event along the Missouri River from Montana south into Missouri. The Army Corps of Engineers says additional rainfall and continued snowmelt has accelerated the release of water from five dams north of Iowa. Chief Water Management Officer Jodi Farhat says evacuations have been ordered for several areas along the river including Dakota Dunes, which is across the river from Sioux City. The Corps of Engineers says those areas that do flood will be in that situation for a couple of months.
The city of Council Bluffs is bracing for the Missouri River’s swell. County Attorney and acting Pottawattamie Emergency Management spokesperson Matt Wilber says they are watching the river as it reaches flood stage. Wilber says if you were to drive around Council Bluffs you wouldn’t think there was a huge flooding potential. He says besides a couple closed roads and some power outages, the county is basically dry. He says if the river tops 30 feet, they’ll have some new areas of concern. Outside of Council Bluffs the rest of the rivers are behaving normally for the season.
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