The Missouri River at Omaha is hovering just above flood stage and could drop below that level any day in the next week or so.
Dry weather has allowed the river to drop, said Cathy Zapotocny, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Valley.
The river on Thursday was about 1 to 2 inches over flood stage, which is 29 feet, in Omaha.
Discharges from Gavins Point Dam are remaining steady enough that the weather service isn't forecasting a drop below flood stage until late next week.
However, Zapotocny said, such a forecast is difficult because the level in play is mere inches.
The Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday that it was maintaining the release rate of 90,000 cubic feet per second for an additional two days before stepping down the amount of water coming out of the dam.
Jody Farhat, who manages release rates for the corps, said the final day at 90,000 cfs will be Sept. 17.
The extra days are needed to discharge extra water coming into the mainstem dams from reservoirs higher upstream that are managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Those reservoirs also have been holding back floodwaters.
Farhat estimates discharges from Gavins Point Dam will drop to 40,000 cfs by the first week of October.
Gavins Point is the dam that affects river levels along the Iowa-Nebraska border.
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