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Third round of flooding in 2019 likely along Missouri River

Posted: 4:32 PM, Sep 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-16 17:32:13-04
This Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 photo provided by the South Dakota Civil Air Patrol shows an aerial view of the flooding in Spencer, S.D. Flooding from torrential rain that's soaked much of southeastern South Dakota has closed schools for a second day, submerged city streets and caused some to evacuate their homes. (South Dakota Civil Air Patrol via AP)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal officials say the amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the 2011 record and a third round of flooding is expected this week after unusually heavy rains upstream.

Heavy rains dumped more than four times normal in parts of Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota last week. That triggered flood warnings and forced the forecast for how much water will flow down the Missouri River to jump to 58.8 million acre feet (17.92 million meters).

That will be second only to 2011′s 61 million acre feet (18.59 million meters).

The Corps of Engineers doesn’t expect major problems or threats to cities with the latest flooding — provided the temporary repairs made to levees since the spring hold up. But communities along the river are bracing for problems.