The Missouri River dropped to flood stage -- 29 feet -- at Omaha Friday afternoon, but the National Weather Service plans to wait until next week to declare the flooding over.
Dave Pearson, hydrologist with the weather service at Valley, said the river needs to be solidly below flood stage before the current flood warning is lifted.
“It probably will stay right around 29 feet for the next week, it might fall a few tenths of a foot below, but it won't fall dramatically” until releases are cut back from Gavins Point Dam.
“Even at .10 -- a foot below flood stage -- that's pretty much flood stage, we could see a shower next week that could put it right back up,” Pearson said.
The next drop in releases from Gavins Point Dam is scheduled for Sept. 18, when they are cut by 5,000 cubic feet per second to a total of 85,000 cfs.
For this flood, the river hit 29 feet at Omaha at 6:15 p.m. on May 31, bouncing around before staying consistently above that level the next day.
The river got back to 29 feet at 2:15 p.m Friday, then bounced back up an inch or so 15 minutes later.