Conservation authority issues flood warning, watch across Grand River watershed

Elkhorn River Flood Warning

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Flood warnings have been issued for the Saginaw and Tittabawassee rivers in Mid-Michigan, which are expected to spill over their banks this weekend. The river will fall below flood stage Friday morning and continue to fall thereafter. A flood warning was in effect for the Rock River in Como, where the river had reached 15 feet Friday, 2 1/2 feet above flood stage. But it's expected to crest Wednesday or Thursday at 29.3 feet - more than two feet above major flooding level.

"This is a Flash Flood Emergency for the area around the Platte River from Schuler to Ashland and is a particularly unsafe situation".

"Anyone with interests along impacted rivers should monitor closely/take action", the weather service said.

A map shows the area at risk beside the river stretching from just outside the city centre up past Oughtibridge to the north west.

The deluge pushed some waterways, including the Missouri River, to record levels in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. And in Freemont, west of Omaha, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office ordered some residents to evacuate after floodwaters broke through a levee along the Platte River.

In hilly terrain, there are hundreds of low water crossings that are potentially risky in heavy rain. The chance the river will reach major flood stage in Fargo increased from 50 percent last week to 90 percent.

The National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska is taking over duties from the displaced NWS employees in Omaha while the flood threat remains.

The midweek storm crippled parts of Colorado and Wyoming with blizzard conditions. SEMA also supplied St. Joseph with a sandbagging machine.

At least four deaths were linked to the weather system.

A ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy weather situation as the National Weather Service doesn't anticipate any more rain for a while.

Blue Rapids residents say flooding like this is just a normal part of life for them, because it doesn't usually get too risky, or affect their houses.

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