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In this photo from early March, Interstate 29 is seen surrounded by water near exit 56 in Council Bluffs.

Amid continued flooding along the Missouri River, a disaster declaration was issued Friday for Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County and Crescent, Iowa.

The Missouri River was at 30.12 feet Friday and was expected to crest on Monday at 31.3 feet, according to the City of Council Bluffs. Officials believe the river will maintain that level until Wednesday, when it will begin to recede.

Levees in Council Bluffs were not expected to be affected.

The city said in a press release that a request was submitted to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to reactivate the state's Individual Assistance Program for residents impacted by events that occurred on and after May 17.

Anyone using a sump pump to drain basements in the west end of the city should closely monitor the discharge, according to city officials. If sand or sediments are found in the water, discontinue use.

Sand discharge indicates the structural fill under the house is being pumped out, which could compromise the structural integrity of the foundation, the city said.

Residents and businesses are asked to report damages sustained because of flooding to the county.

Current closings as of Friday:

  • Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park is temporarily closed.
  • River’s Edge Service Road, the road between Harrah’s parking lot and Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, is temporarily closed.
  • A portion of the Council Bluffs Trail System, from Harrah’s parking garage to Western Historic Trails Museum, as well as from 24th Street to the Indian Creek Trail, is temporarily closed.
  • Big Lake Road is temporarily closed.
  • Gifford Road is temporarily closed.
  • City flood and drainage gates are closed, and storm water pumps are operational.
  • The Iowa DOT has closed I-29 north and south of Council Bluffs.

Reece covers Sarpy County for The World-Herald. He's a born-and-raised Nebraskan and UNL grad who spent time in Oklahoma and Virginia before returning home. Follow him on Twitter @reecereports. Phone: 402-444-1127

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