Flooding Concerns In Council Bluffs

Charles Branson is visiting from Florida and is staying at the hotel.

'We've seen the water rise probably 30-40 feet into the parking lot already since we've been here so the water is rising," he said.

Two things are keeping the city dry distance from water's edge and the levee.

Tom Potvin manages the Dodge Riverside Golf Club right next to Harrahs.

"I'm sure a lot of people on the west end of Council Bluffs here are having some concerns on basements and how the levee's going to hold and how high it's actually going to get," he said.

Potvin said the next month will determine how the summer plays out.

"So far the levee system is okay we've got faith in it so hopefully it holds well," he said.

As they crossed the river on the pedestrian foot bridge, Tom and Angela Grobeck noticed the Missouri looks more like the much wider Mississippi River.

"Oh yeah...there probably is concern," Angela said. "There should be."

Sara Maisel lives in Colorado, but grew up in Council Bluffs.

She can't remember ever seeing the river this high.

"It's a little nerve wracking to see like the businesses on the side of the river so close they could all be affected," she said.

Some areas outside the city are already affected. The water has caused a big concern just south of Council Bluffs on Gifford Road where many of those who have cabins on the river have already left.

As for the long haul, everyone pretty much has the same thought.

'If we get any more rain its going to be pretty high water and think its going to get a lot worse before it gets better," Tom Grobeck said.

The latest report from the Army Corps of Engineers shows that the water levels at almost all dams along the Missouri River north of the metro have gone up.

Many areas to our north received additional rain and it was heavy in some areas of northeastern Nebraska.

The short term outlook, however, is dry so that may help ease flood concerns.


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