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Old 06-05-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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THis is the Missouri River at Omaha taken from the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge looking basicly South. On the right is Ricks Boatyard Cafe and the Port of Omaha's Miller Landing. The landing is closed and the flood gates are in. The river level at Omaha at the time of this photo sis 29.4 ft per the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. To the left is Iowa. The trees in the water are usually on a dry island. Note the statue to the right. It is usuall not only fully above water but on a base that is exposed as well.




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Old 06-05-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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Missouri River flowing into park / camping area in Bellevue NE Near Hwy 370 as it crosses the river

Missouri River Omaha 204 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5801338382/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr



Missouri River Omaha 201 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5800776961/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr


From Sunday June 5, soon going to need taller boots!



Missouri River Omaha 219 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5800796447/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr


A & M Green Power John Deere Dealership near the Greenwood Exit on I29 in Iowa has removed all their equipment and looks to have emptied inventory from eh building. All the is left is to close the opening in the earth wall that provides access to the property


Missouri River Omaha 234 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5800814325/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr



Missouri River Omaha 231 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5801364490/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr



A home owner is moving out and placing everything in a semi trailer to get their belongings out of the way of coming flood waters


Missouri River Omaha 238 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5800819697/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr


More of the same. and many more as I was driving


Missouri River Omaha 228 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5800804691/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr



Walker's Harley-Davidson near Pacific Junction Iowa looks to be vacated in preparation for flood waters


Missouri River Omaha 224 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5801354568/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr
 
Old 06-05-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE
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I'm really sorry to hear about all the flooding across the Nebraska & Iowa communities, and I hope everyone on this site stays safe and dry. I will be visiting the Omaha and Lincoln areas this time next week, so I have been keeping a close eye on the situation, which unfortunately looks like it is getting worse by the day. At this point, are there any plans for additional road closures, such as I-29? I would be coming north from Kansas City's airport, so I may have to make other arrangements if I-29 is blocked.
 
Old 06-06-2011, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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Flooding may close I-29 soon - Omaha.com

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Interstate 29 south of the city probably will close in some locations next week because of rising floodwaters, the Iowa Department of Transportation said Friday.
Closings would occur along the corridor from Council Bluffs to Hamburg, a distance of about 45 miles. The highway is the primary route for travelers heading south of Omaha to the Kansas City area.
 
Old 06-07-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Papillion, NE
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This is all the fault of the Army Corp of Engineers. They should have have let enough water out of the Gavin Dam the last few summers in order to properly prepare for something like this. Instead they kept the dams gates closed.
 
Old 06-07-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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This is all the fault of the Army Corp of Engineers. They should have have let enough water out of the Gavin Dam the last few summers in order to properly prepare for something like this. Instead they kept the dams gates closed.
They kept water behind the dams b/c water is a valuable thing especially when you take in the fact that the past decade has had below average rainfall for the midwest. Montana saw a years worth of rain fall in 2 months this year and you are saying they should of prepared for freakish weather that no one could of predicted last year let alone the past few years?

This is no ones fault it is just to show that man cannot control or predict nature. If they had let water out of the dam over the past few years and we had a normal year of rainfall instead of a year that is 300% above average so far then people would be screaming at the ACOE for causing drought and extremely low water levels. The followed the odds and nature decided to change the pattern it has held for nearly 60 years.
 
Old 06-07-2011, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Very true, iamjacobm. In Georgia (the state not the country) a few years ago, the Corps of Engineers were blamed for NOT releasing water from their dam, because the rivers below the dam were dropping daily during a drought and people were put on water conservation regulations for 2 years. The weather changed, the drought lifted - and the Corps was blamed AGAIN for releasing too much water, too fast! Dammed if you do, dammed if you don't...

Although the historical data has shown over several hundred years that the freakish weather DOES occur, there is literally NO way to predict it, no matter how advanced technology becomes, or how many politicians, bureaucrats, and snake-oil salesmen get involved, or insist that they can control/have solved the problem. If you read your history, you will see that a lot of western (not just Nebraskan) initial property sales were done on the basis of "There's ALWAYS water here, good farming, soil grows anything!" - and in a few months or years, the rivers and creeks would dry up or change course, and many Conestoga-driving folks lost everything. Didn't one news report say that the town of Niobrara has moved at least twice, or was it three times, because of the river?

Like the old commercial said, "Don't mess with Mother Nature!" - no, and don't try to predict her, depend on her, or trust her, either. All we can do, is the best we can do, in our puny human ways, to mitigate what happens because of her, and not arrogantly assume that a dam solves a problem (even beavers aren't that dumb). Blame solves nothing.

The pictures are well-done and appreciated, even though they are saddening. Thanks to nebugeater who posted them...
 
Old 06-08-2011, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Northeast NE
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Amtrak: Amtrak announced that its California Zephyr service will be temporarily suspended between Denver and Chicago starting Friday. Amtrak officials said the suspension is due to Missouri River flooding projections and anticipated Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway track closings in the Omaha area. The disruption will continue at least through June 14. Passengers should call 800-USA-RAIL for more information.
 
Old 06-10-2011, 11:39 PM
 
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A few things from June 9


Haworth park area in Belllevue

Omaha area Flood June 9 002 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5820367080/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr



Omaha area Flood June 9 001 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5819798257/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr



Omaha area Flood June 9 004 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5820380450/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr
 
Old 06-11-2011, 12:33 AM
 
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Farmland in Iowa along Hwy 370

Omaha area Flood June 9 018 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5820438174/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr



Railroad pulling all the crossing arms and controls in the Lake Manawa area in Council Bluffs Iowa.


Omaha area Flood June 9 021 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5819884913/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr



Omaha area Flood June 9 026 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5819909955/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr


Flagmen are setting up camp. Looks to besettingg up for a long assignment by what was along the roads.




Omaha area Flood June 9 023 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nebugeater/5819891205/ - broken link) by nebugeater (http://www.flickr.com/people/nebugeater/ - broken link), on Flickr
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