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Dusten Schaffer walks west on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge from Council Bluffs to Omaha as fog rises.

The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge has been closed because of flooding on the Council Bluffs side of the bridge.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said in a tweet Thursday evening that the power supply to the bridge, which is on the Bluffs side of the Missouri River, is underwater.

Without power to the bridge, the white lights illuminating the iconic bridge can’t be turned on for about the next week.

Brook Bench, Omaha’s parks and recreation director, said Thursday that water levels will need to go down considerably before the bridge can reopen. He said that probably won’t happen until late next week.

The city said in a press release Thursday that it expects the Missouri River to crest at 33.7 feet by Sunday.

During the 2011 flood, the river crested at 36 feet and the levee was not breached.

Omaha has 13 miles of flood control along the Missouri River. City officials say the levee is safe, and that they don’t expect the river to compromise the levee.

The city announced several other flood-related measures Thursday:

  • The USS Hazard and other exhibits have been secured at Freedom Park. Bench said that the park has flooded and that the road leading to it is underwater.
  • The flood gates have been installed at Lewis and Clark Landing, making the parking lots inaccessible.
  • There’s standing water at the Missouri River Wastewater Treatment Plant, but the pump at the plant is operating to drain the water. Sandbags have been placed on the south end of the plant, which is south of the levee and unprotected. There is no water inside the plant.
  • Pershing Drive from Ponca Road to Oakridge Drive remains closed because of flooding, debris on the road and the threat of mud slides.