The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of Nebraska and Iowa from late Tuesday night through Wednesday evening. The watch includes the counties of Antelope, Boone, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lancaster, Madison, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Sward, Stanton, Thurston, Washington and Wayne in Nebraska. And in Iowa, Fremont, Harrison, Mills Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby.
A strong storm will bring warming temperatures and 1 to 3 inches of rain to the region. It’ll result in an increased risk of river flooding, due to the unusual combination of heavy rain, snowmelt, saturated or frozen soils, and thick ice cover on area rivers.
Significant and rapid river level increases are possible do to runoff or localized ice jams. Anyone with interests along or near area rivers should continue to monitor the forecast and river levels closely.
The Omaha World Herald reports the Papio-Missouri River NRD has notified a private contractor that its help could be needed as soon as Tuesday to drop dynamite on jammed up river ice. It’s been years since the NRD has used dynamite to blast open an ice jam and is a last resort.