Disaster list expands: President Barack Obama has added three more Nebraska counties to a disaster declaration because of flooding.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says Lincoln, Nemaha and Richardson Counties were added to a declaration issued Aug. 12 for nine counties affected by flooding from May 24 to Aug. 1.
Those were Boyd, Burt, Cass, Dakota, Dixon, Douglas, Knox, Sarpy and Washington Counties.
The declaration allows federal aid to help in state and local recovery. It includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs to low-cost loans for uninsured property losses.
Friday meeting: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will bring an assortment of top state officials to Council Bluffs to learn more about this summer's record Missouri River flooding and hear from those affected by it. Branstad's flood meeting was scheduled for Friday afternoon. Representatives of farming groups, utilities and Iowa cities hit hard by the flooding were scheduled to attend. The Army Corps of Engineers will also give a presentation on how it managed the river's dams.
Highway 12 open: The Nebraska Department of Roads says all of Nebraska Highway 12 in northeast Nebraska has been reopened. Parts had been closed since June because of Missouri River flooding. Late last month, the section that runs between Niobrara and the Santee spur was reopened, with a weight limit. That limit was lifted Thursday, when the department announced that the rest of the highway had been reopened. The department imposed a weight limit of 15 tons for the stretch west of Niobrara State Park to Verdel. A detour has been posted for trucks.
Flood barrier: Iowa transportation officials say barriers that protected Interstate 29 near Blencoe from flooding along the Missouri River will be coming down.
Officials say a contractor will begin removing them on Monday because the river continues to fall and they're no longer needed.
The barriers, called TrapBags, are filled with rock. The Iowa Transportation Department says the work involves cutting open the bags to release the rock and then loading and hauling the bags away.
The project, which will cost more than $160,000, is expected to last until Sept. 30. Northbound traffic will be rerouted for about 10 miles, from the Blencoe interchange to a Monona County highway to Iowa Highway 175 and then back to I-29 at Onawa.
— The Associated Press