Missouri River Running High

Missouri River running high and the Cassgram reports one public project on hold.

The reading at Plattsmouth this morning at 6am was 24.22 feet. (Just before midnight Sunday night the reading had topped near 24.5 feet.) The heavy rain this morning in Cass County moved northeast into the river basin upstream.

The National Weather Service places the “Take Action” stage at the 25 foot level and “Flood Stage” is 26 feet.

“Plattsmouth is really the only public entity in the county affected by the Missouri flooding,” said Cass County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Cover.

Thirty days ago, hopes were a water main replacement project in the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad right-of-way would be underway at this time. The City of Plattsmouth put the project on the fast track and accepted a $116,000 bid from L.G. Roloff for the project at the April 4th city council meeting.

However, the water main replacement project is now on hold because of high groundwater tables.

High releases from dams upstream have kept the river in the 21 to 24 foot level for the past few weeks.

At a meeting earlier this spring, Cover said those involved with the river forecasting could not really say if a lower river level could be expected anytime soon. “It may be another situation where it stays high all summer,” he said.

Flood warnings are in effect today on the Missouri River north of Sioux City and from Nebraska City south.

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