Missouri River rises above 1993 levels at Brownville, Neb.
Monday, June 20, 2011
BROWNVILLE, Neb. (AP) — The Missouri River has surged to a new record at Brownville, and workers have been adding sandbags to the levee.
The National Weather Service says the river measured at 45.05 feet there Sunday, surpassing a record of 44.3 feet set in 1993. Flood stage is 33 feet.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the river level at Brownville surged 2 feet from Saturday morning to Sunday morning and continues to rise. Col. Bob Ruch (ROOK) attributed that to heavy rain on the Nishnabotna River, which flows into the Missouri, and to some erosion along a levee upstream at Hamburg, Iowa, that created a water pulse.
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says water was flowing over a levee there and into farm land but the levee is being built up.
Brownville is located in southeast Nebraska, across the Missouri River from northwest Missouri's Atchison County, where flooding is occurring also.