Flooding from this event is expected to continue in some places into October. We are no longer tracking the event, but continue to receive Response Notes from those dealing with the water, using the "2011 Spring Melt" event name.
Visit the Corps Omaha District 2011 Flood Information Page for updates.
The Corps Kansas City District has posted inundation maps viewable in Google Earth, from Rulo, NE to St. Louis, MO. This Corps Kansas City District 2011 Flood Information Page provides a link to the Inundation Maps page.
The alert: Initial press release from Corps of Engineers Omaha District. Initial paragraphs read:
May 26, 2011
Omaha, Neb. – Releases from the Missouri River reservoirs will reach historic levels in the coming weeks, the result of above-normal snow in the mountains and extraordinary rain over the last several weeks. Significant flooding in cities, towns and agricultural land is expected in North and South Dakota with many areas from Sioux City, Iowa, to the Mississippi rising above flood stage.
Flows from five of the six dams are expected to reach a record 110,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). The previous high releases were 70,000 cfs in the fall of 1997. “Public safety is our number one concern,” said Brig. Gen. John McMahon, commander of the Northwestern Division of the Army Corps of Engineers. “We are working closely with state and local emergency management teams to identify potential flood areas, provide residents with the most current information and help protect vital public infrastructure.
“People along the river are encouraged to make evacuation plans to protect their possessions and property. Maps for potential flood areas will be available at www.nwo.usace.army.mil and from local emergency management offices,” he added.
Flooded areas are expected to be inundated for several months.
A press release in Holt County, MO, gave the following advice: Local residents and visitors staying within the flood plain are encouraged have an Action Plan:
Monitor the river levels, watches and warnings
Prepare and plan
know where you are going if you are required to evacuate – tell someone
have a phone number exchange with family, friends and neighbors
have your medicines in an easy to reach container -take it with you if you are required to evacuate
take your pets out with you, if required to evacuate
take important documents – birth certificates, marriage licenses, social security cards, etc. – with you if you are required to evacuate
Stay on top of current river stages and forecasts at http://water.weather.gov/ahps/ .