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16 Mar 2019 | 12:30 PM UTC

US: Widespread flooding in Plains, Midwest March 16-18

United States of America News Alert

Flood warnings issued for Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Missouri River, middle and lower Mississippi River, and lower Ohio River valleys for March 16-18; road closures anticipated

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/16/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/19/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Chicago). COUNTRY/REGION Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas

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The US National Weather Service (NWS) issued flood warnings for much of eastern Nebraska, portions of western and central Iowa, southern Wisconsin, and the Missouri, middle and lower Mississippi, and lower Ohio river valleys on Saturday, March 16. Most warnings were issued around 03:00 (local time) and some will remain in effect through Monday, March 18. River levels for much of the affected areas of Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin are around 1.2 m (4 ft) above flood stage with some areas of the Mississippi and up to 4.3 m (14 ft) above flood stage. Road closures are anticipated, particularly along secondary roads, and motorists should refrain from crossing any flooded roadways. 


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports and flood stage forecasts, anticipate road closures and allow additional time to reach their destination, and avoid crossing any flooded roadways.

Remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of water is enough to knock over an adult - and floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; any items in contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.


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