Flooding Provisions in Place to Control Mo. River
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The scramble is nearly over to fill thousands of sandbags and construct last-minute levees to heights that haven't been needed in decades.
But those preparations were only the first round of what's likely to be a summer-long battle against the bloated Missouri River.
In riverfront communities in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, peak flows are expected to arrive early in the week as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completes a gradual increase of releases from dams upstream. The surge through the lower half of the river this week will expose any weaknesses in the flood protections.
John Benson with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division says communities along the river seem to be as prepared as they can be.