Blue Rapids residents are not too concerned with flooding reaching their homes at this point, as they have a levee that keeps the river out of town, even above flood stage. The flooding was the worst in almost a decade in places, though the situation was expected to improve quickly in many places over the weekend, according to Mike Gillispie, National Weather Service hydrologist in Sioux Falls.
The North Raccoon River is forecast to rise to flood stage Thursday evening and continue rising to 20.5 feet, or 5.5 feet above flood stage, by Saturday evening.
Authorities were using boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and killing at least one person.
The restrictions came as the river reached moderate flood stage at almost 32 feet on Friday at Omaha, where it's expected to crest at almost 34 feet on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
"The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies", the GRCA said.
In northeast Nebraska, the city of Norfolk remains under a large-scale evacuation on its east side.
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Snow, rain and powerful winds are sweeping across the Upper Midwest.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an emergency disaster proclamation and activated the state emergency operations center Thursday.
The midweek storm crippled parts of Colorado and Wyoming with blizzard conditions.
When it does, he said, there will be another round of flooding in those states that will then move south along the MS into IL and Iowa.
Flooding is also common across Iowa, with numerous roads statewide closed.
Other variables include relocation of water by a dam breach or increased flow from a dam releasing more water upstream.