NEBRASKA CITY – The Missouri River crested at a record high of 29.8 feet early Saturday morning and is not forecast to fall below flood stage until another seven days.
The water level is higher at the US Army Corps of Engineers gauge at Nebraska City and is known to be higher at Steinhart Terminal, there is not the same type of bluff-to-bluff flooding as experienced in 2011.
The Sapp Brothers Truck Stop was shut down Friday, but water had not topped local levees there.
Interstate 29 was closed from Council Bluffs to the Rock Port exit in Missouri and highways 2 at Nebraska City and 136 at Brownville were closed at the Missouri River bridges.
Highway 159 from Big Lake, Mo., to Rulo was closed Friday.
The Missouri River crested at 45.7 feet at Rulo on Friday, but is forecast to continue rising.
The river is forecast to reach 47.5 feet on Tuesday, which is about a foot higher than ever before and is 11 feet higher than flood stage.
Atchison County Missouri EMA reports US Highway between Tarkio and Fairfax is open.
Highway 36 was opened in Richardson County Friday, following a traffic accident.
Photo courtesy of Chris Richardson