Downstream Missouri River prepares for flooding

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A flood watch is in place for areas including the Speed River through Cambridge, Conestogo River through St. Jacobs and the Grand River through West Montrose.

Parts of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska are grappling with the aftermath of a powerful "bomb cyclone" that turned some areas into swamps as rivers spilled over highways and residential areas. Conditions will be monitored closely. "Things are going to be improving quickly over the next couple of days", said Mike Gillispie, National Weather Service hydrologist in Sioux Falls.

"Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses".

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Widespread flooding in Nebraska prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase water releases upstream of the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam. The flooding was the worst in almost a decade in places, though the situation was expected to improve quickly in many places over the weekend, according to Mike Gillispie, National Weather Service hydrologist in Sioux Falls.

The Omaha-Valley Weather Service office said a levee was breached in Nebraska's Dodge County.

Grand River (City of Brantford and Six Nations): Flows are expected to peak in the Grand River through the City of Brantford on Friday evening.

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Northwestern Sarpy County in east central Nebraska...

Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska have all declared states of emergencies.

The storm also spawned at least three tornadoes in MI and in on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Gusty winds may continue into Friday across parts of the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, with mainly light rain or snow showers also possible through Saturday as another weaker cold front passes through.

The National Weather Service predicts "much calmer" weather in most areas this weekend, . SEMA also supplied St. Joseph with a sandbagging machine.

More information can be found on the GRCA's website. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Water in that location is now subsiding, but only after a portion of the city was submerged.

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