Sep 26, 2019

Parts of the Missouri River Are Smashing Records for Days Above Flood Stage and More Rain Is Ahead

Plattsmouth, NE
Sioux City, IA
Sioux Falls, SD
Nebraska City, NE
USA
by
The Weather Channel
River gauges shown are in minor, moderate or major flooding. Contour on the map is rainfall for the month as of September 23.
River gauges shown are in minor, moderate or major flooding. Contour on the map is rainfall for the month as of September 23.

Four river gauges on the Missouri River south of Omaha, Nebraska, have crushed records for number of days above flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.

Plattsmouth, Nebraska, has seen 172 days above flood stage, beating the previous record of 156 days. Nebraska City, Brownville and Rulo have all experienced 194 days above flood stage, smashing previous records by at least 24 days. The previous records were set in 2011.

These records will likely be added to in the days ahead, as these four gauges are expected to remain in flood stage into at least early October.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is experiencing its wettest year on record to date and has already picked up more than 34 inches of precipitation so far, which is more than it sees in an average year.

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The Missouri River rose due to this heavy rain and caused sections of Interstate 29 in Iowa to close. The Interstate 680 bridge in north Omaha closed late last week and the U.S. Highway 159 bridge across the Missouri River at Rulo closed earlier this week due to river flooding.