More flood records fall as Missouri River rises
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — Two more Missouri River flood records have been broken in southeast Nebraska, and more records are likely to fall because the amount of water being released upstream is increasing.
The National Weather Service says records from 1993 were surpassed Tuesday at Plattsmouth and Nebraska City. Last weekend, Brownville also set a record.
The Army Corps of Engineers is increasing the amount of water released from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota this week, so the river will rise even more in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.
The corps estimates the river will rise as much as a foot over its already high levels at Sioux City, Iowa.
The river will rise roughly 3 to 5 inches from Omaha to Rulo, and it will surge about 8 inches higher at Kansas City.