This week, the Missouri River fell below flood stage at two cities — Omaha and Kansas City.

But it remains above flood stage elsewhere.

Flood stage is 29 feet at Omaha, and the river was at 28.6 feet Thursday evening. It is forecast to continue to slowly drop.

Heavy rains in late May caused the river to quickly rise above flood stage after having been below that level for all of April and much of May in Omaha.

The river is generally at minor flood stage along the Nebraska-Iowa border. At Rulo, Nebraska, it was at moderate flood stage Thursday evening.

Missouri River open to boating

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the U.S. Coast Guard has opened the Missouri River to all commercial and recreational boats from just north of Sioux City, Iowa, to Napoleon, Missouri, which is east of Kansas City.

No-wake zones have been designated in the Sioux City and Plattsmouth, Nebraska areas.

CWS fans will have a chance to learn about historic flooding, donate to flood relief

College World Series fans will have a chance to pitch in for flood relief while enjoying themselves at the CWS Fan Fest this weekend.

Cox Communications and First National Bank of Omaha will be providing information to fans and taking donations for the Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund.

Created by First National Bank in partnership with the Nebraska Community Foundation, the fund raises money for those affected by flooding in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. People can contribute in person via iPads or anytime online at rebuildtheheartland.org.

Cox will provide a $5,000 match.

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Flooding exposes natural gas pipes on Elkhorn River

Natural gas pipelines in a stretch of the Elkhorn River in Dodge County were exposed by flooding, and the public has been advised to avoid that area.

Northern Natural Gas will be replacing the pipelines, so the public is advised to avoid the river north of Highway 91 and south of County Road J through June 25, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The commission said it has been told by Northern Natural Gas that neither the pipelines nor efforts to replace them pose a risk to the public.

But boating and other traffic in the area could pose a safety risk to pipeline workers, the commission said in a statement this week.

Department of Transportation plans public meetings on recovery efforts

The Nebraska Department of Transportation will host four meetings this month to update the public on its recovery efforts.

The meetings will be:

  • Nebraska City: June 25, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Kimmel Conference Room, 5995 G Road.
  • Norfolk: June 26, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Lifelong Learning Center, 601 E. Benjamin Ave.
  • O’Neill: June 27, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Holt County Annex, 128 N. Sixth St.
  • Niobrara: June 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Conference Room, 2523 Woodbine St.

Nebraska extends child disability deadlines in FEMA disaster areas

Given the hardships that flooding has caused for Nebraska families, the State Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadlines for redetermining child disability benefits. This applies only in locations designated a disaster area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Children 17 or younger who live in a FEMA-designated disaster area and who were scheduled to have their level of care reevaluated have been given an extension on that review. Benefits will continue during the extension. The extensions do not apply to initial evaluations for children or adults, according to the department.

If your original deadline was:

  • March 9 through April 30, the new deadline is Oct. 31.
  • May 1 through June 30, the new deadline is Nov. 30.
  • July 1 through Sept. 9, the new deadline is Dec. 31.

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Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Phone: 402-444-1102.

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