Near Rulo: A hole in the side of a Holt County. Mo., levee continued to grow Sunday, deluging the state park and recreational area of Big Lake, 78 miles north of Kansas City and just across the river from Rulo, Neb. Holt County commissioner Mark Sitherwood said U.S. 159 is closed south of Big Lake because water is pouring over the road, and most of the west side of the community is underwater. As a result, that closes access to the bridge leading to Rulo.
Atchison County, Mo.: The Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that the Missouri River flowed over the top of a levee north of Highway 136 in Atchison County, Mo. The water level in the area increased two feet during a 24-hour period beginning at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, the Corps said. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for western Atchison County Sunday morning.
Sandbagging: Starting at 7 a.m. Monday, traffic restrictions will be in place along Jones Street between Seventh and Ninth Streets for sandbagging operations by Union Pacific. The railroad's Harriman Dispatch Center is at 850 Jones St. The restrictions will last five days, Omaha officials said.
North Platte River: : Water releases from Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska have been reduced to help alleviate downstream flooding. Mike Drain of the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District said the releases were reduced by 500 cubic feet per second, bringing flows to 5,250 cfs. It's the first time since April that releases have been lowered. Releases from the lake flow into the North Platte River, which is swollen because of snowpack and spring rains that have filled upstream reservoirs. The river is expected to remain high into fall.
Iowa coalition: A coalition has formed to fight the Missouri River flood in western Harrison and northern Pottawattamie Counties. The communities included are Mondamin, Modale, California Junction and Missouri Valley; critical infrastructure within this area includes Interstate 29, U.S. Highway 30, the Union Pacific Railroad, county roads, Harrison County REC and MidAmerican Energy electrical service and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. The coalition wants to provide a “first line” of defense from the floodwaters. Both public and private sectors in the area as well as local, state and national entities are joining together in this effort.
Human shelter:: The American Red Cross has established a shelter at Neal Hall on the Peru State College campus in Peru, Neb., for those affected by Missouri River flooding. Neal Hall is at 600 Hoyt St.
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for family members, including prescriptions and emergency medications; foods that meet unusual dietary requirements; identification and important personal documents; extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items; supplies for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys; and special items for family members who are elderly or disabled. Public health regulations do not allow pets in shelters; service animals are permitted.
Other Red Cross shelters have been set up at Fort Calhoun High School, 1506 Lincoln St., Fort Calhoun, Neb.; Missouri Valley High School, 605 Lincoln Highway, Missouri Valley, Iowa; and Sidney High School, 2754 Knox Road, Sidney, Iowa.
Animal shelter:: The Pottawattamie County Animal Shelter has relocated and is taking in pets affected by the flooding. The shelter has moved out of Council Bluffs to a temporary location and will house animals at the Secondary Roads Department's shop in Underwood, Iowa. “With river projections, we felt it was appropriate to relocate our operations,” said emergency spokesman Matt Wilber. Administration of the animal shelter also has moved to Underwood, but the shelter has the same telephone number, 712-366-0152. So far the shelter has received nine dogs and six cats from county residents affected by flooding north of Council Bluffs and one cat from a Council Bluffs resident.
Alternate route:: The Mid-America Boy Scout Council has developed alternate travel routes to and from its Little Sioux Scout Ranch in western Iowa. The council suggests allowing an additional 30 minutes of travel time. Alternate directions to the camp can be found at the council's website, www.mac-bsa.org.
Fremont County, Iowa: Volunteers were sandbagging Saturday in the northern portion of the county, focusing on an area south of Bartlett, said Mike Crecelius, Fremont County emergency manager.
Need info? Check out the resources directory under the Missouri Flooding tab at Omaha.com
— World-Herald staff writer Maggie O'Brien, World-Herald News Service and the Associated Press
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