Levee breach: A Missouri River levee near Waconda Lake in Cass County, Neb., gave way Sunday, leaving just one other levee to protect homes around the lake.
A portion of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers levee on the southeast corner of the lake started to give way about 6 a.m. Sunday, said Sandy Weyers, chief deputy director of Cass County Emergency Management. By 4 p.m. the breach was significant, Weyers said.
The Corps of Engineers was not trying to repair its levee Sunday, he said. But workers were busy shoring up the Waconda levee, which was the only thing standing between the Missouri River floodwaters and the lake homes. Most of the lake’s residents already have evacuated.
No sirens: Council Bluffs has halted testing of its tornado sirens amid Missouri River flooding. The city's public information officer, Don Gross, says the sirens were to have been tested July 10 but officials decided to hold off. He says there's concern residents would think the sirens signaled a flood-related emergency, such as a levee break or forced evacuations.
Road to close: Highway 30 at the Blair bridge will close temporarily at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for flood mitigation work. This closure is expected to last 48 hours.
Mortgage help: The flooding along the Missouri River is putting a financial strain on people whose homes or farms are under water, but some help is available. Iowa officials say homeowners who have been displaced by the flood and are struggling to keep up with their mortgages should call the state mortgage help line at 877-622-4866. Resources to help homeowners in Nebraska are listed online at the state Department of Banking and Finance's website: www.ndbf.ne.gov/consumers/foreclosurehelp.shtml.
Kerrey bridge: The Council Bluffs entry to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge remains closed. The bridge remains open on the Omaha side.
No boating: The boating ban on the Missouri River remains in effect for the Fourth of July, Nebraska emergency managers said. The river's depth and speed continue to make the Mighty Mo dangerous to all vessels.
— World-Herald staff writers Ellen Jean Hirst, Sam Womack and Larry Sparks, with the Associated Press