Unlike five years ago flooding along the Missouri River from Omaha down south is considered more of an inconvenience that a danger.

But officials are concerned that those who live and work along the river might not take several warnings seriously.

The Missouri is expected to crest in Omaha tomorrow and Plattsmouth on Saturday.


Driving around some parts of Omaha, getting a bit tougher.

Most significantly the I-680 bridge connecting Nebraska and Iowa shut down by the flood, as is a short stretch of I-29 just east of Omaha.

With the Missouri River expected to crest Thursday, the next few days still a problem.

Jim Theiler, City of Omaha: “We will be coming down off of moderate flood stage, which is where it’s pretty critical, sometime Friday into Saturday. And then by early next week we will be below what we call minor flood stage.”

Talk of flooding quickly bringing back memories of 2019, when both the Missouri and Platte Rivers flooded simultaneously leaving billions of dollars in damage behind. The experts quick to note this is not 2019.

Joe Jordan, NCN: “Officials tell us that by and large they expect the levee system that protects Omaha to keep the water were it belongs. At the same time there is a concern that folks who live by the water’s edge might not be taking all these warnings serious enough.”

John Winkler, Papio-Missouri NRD: “Obviously it is sunny here. Everybody’s saying the last thing they’re thinking is a flood. Well, you know here it comes.”

Twenty miles to the south in Plattsmouth, where the Missouri and Platte Rivers meet roads along the water are closed, and Cass County is among several counties covered in a State of Emergency declared by the Gov. Pillen, freeing up state funds if needed.

In the meantime, back in Omaha, clean-up continues from a mid-week severe thunderstorm that ripped countless trees limb from limb and left upwards of 30,000 OPPD customers without power.