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Flooding may have "historic potential" officials say

Posted: 6:20 PM, Mar 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-12 19:20:28-04
Missouri River Flooding

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) — The Emergency Management Agency of Pottawattamie County says that melting snow and heavy rains this week may lead to flooding. The National Weather Service warns that the event may have "historic potential" primarily along the Nishnabotna River.

It's expected to crest at just over 26 feet which would top the 1993 record of 23.5 feet.

Agencies are preparing for the influx by securing storm drains, roads and other infrastructure that might be impacted.

A Declaration of Disaster Emergency has been authorized for the communities of Avoca, Hancock, Oakland, Carson, Macedonia, Council Bluffs and unincorporated areas of Pottawattamie County.

Officials say the event could go either way but that they are preparing for the worse case scenario.

Pottawattamie County Conservation is also working to relocate a herd of buffalo in Botna Bend Park as well as a herd of elk in the area to higher grounds.

Levels on the Missouri River are expected to reach an approximated 29 feet by 7 a.m. on Saturday. Levels last summer were similar.