HEARTLAND FLOOD: Towns bordering river fear more flooding as spring rain move in

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GLENWOOD, Iowa (WOWT) - Forecasted rain has some people concerned that flooding in the Heartland may not be over yet.

Towns along the Missouri River in Iowa and Nebraska are bracing for the worst.

Mills County officials said the river level near Pacific Junction and Plattsmouth has been running at 27.5 feet for a while, and that's a foot-and-a-half above flood stage.

By this weekend, officials said it could rise a few more feet.

"Unfortunately there's nothing in the way of prevention that we can do at this point," officials said.

A large, 70-foot levee breach about a half mile south of Highway 34 and another breach near Pony and Keg Creeks are still wide open.

National Weather Service projections show the river gauge at Plattsmouth topping out near 30 feet, four feet above flood stage.

Sheri Bowen with Mills County said contractors went to work repairing those big breaches a week-and-a-half ago.

"We're all concerned to see what happens as we await the repair on that levee, which is going to take some more time," she said.

Bowen told 6 news that reconstruction could take another month. After that, there's still a lot of work left to complete.

"We're a ways from having any security with that levee," she said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will fill the breach back to levee height then eventually reinforce the entire thing.

The initial repairs are a temporary fix to keep water from devastating homeowners all over again.