NWS issues flash flood emergency in Fremont

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Louis has issued a flood warning for the Moreau River near Jefferson City.

The National Weather Service said record crests were possible along the rivers, with water levels forecast to continue to rise over the next several days and remain above flood stage through most of the weekend. Officials were planning to place coal ash on the ice to help it melt and allow the rivers to recede once the natural and temporary dams were removed, but the jams broke up on their own before that plan was set into motion.

The South Raccoon River is forecast to rise to 20.8 feet, or 0.8 feet above flood stage, Thursday morning and then begin falling to below flood stage by midday.

You can also listen live to 570 NEWS for traffic updates. The resulting flooding was particularly intense because the heavy rain fell on snow that had not melted yet, said Brian Barjenbruch, the science and operations officer for the weather service in Omaha.

The storm also significantly increased spring flood worries in the Red River Valley in the Upper Midwest, where the neighboring cities of Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, experienced a record flood 10 years ago.

CNN affiliates KOLN and KGIN reported the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency confirmed a flood-related fatality in Platte County. But it's expected to crest Wednesday or Thursday at 29.3 feet - more than two feet above major flooding level. Six Nations and County of Brant flood coordinators are advised to monitor and prepare to close Boundary Road and 4th Line.

Authorities spent Saturday using boats and large vehicles to evacuate residents in parts of the state, where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, according to the Associated Press.

Flooding along this portion of the Missouri River has already neared or surpassed record levels. But meteorologist Paul Fajman in Omaha says the effects aren't expected to be as bad as what was seen farther west and south.

As of 6.15pm today, there were 57 flood warnings and 68 flood alerts in place across England, mostly concentrated in the north and west.

The surging water was fueled by a powerful winter storm - a "bomb cyclone" - that battered the region with strong winds and heavy rainfall.

Officials said the flooding has caused severe damage in some areas, tearing apart pieces of roadways and bridges.

This article was written by Mark Berman, a reporter for The Washington Post.