Updates: Communities along Missouri River ramp up flooding preps

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The river is forecast to fall below flood stage by Thursday afternoon.

The restrictions came as the river reached moderate flood stage at almost 32 feet on Friday at Omaha, where it's expected to crest at almost 34 feet on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The swollen Missouri threatened a nuclear power plant in southeastern Nebraska.

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.

A second Nebraska man died at a hospital in Lincoln after being caught in floodwaters across the state line in Iowa, according to the Fremont County, Iowa, Sheriff's Office.

The highest crest on record for the Missouri River in St. Joseph occurred in late July of 1993.

Flooding is also common if somewhat less widespread in parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and South Dakota in particular.

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"This is the largest widespread amount of flooding we've had in the last half century", he said, according to CNN affiliate KTIV. The road may have washed away or you could be washed away from flood waters.

A weather system is expected to bring mild temperatures and rain across the Grand River watershed on Thursday and Friday which is expected to melt much of the snow pack, resulting in increased runoff into local waterways.

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The plant is in Brownville, about 60 miles south of Omaha, and is already functioning under emergency circumstances.

When it does, he said, there will be another round of flooding in those states that will then move south along the MS into IL and Iowa. The Missouri Highway Patrol is preparing additional equipment, and swift water rescue personnel are on standby. State police said first-responders say at least 21 homes were damaged, though no injuries have been reported. "If we get to the next threshold, the plant would go to a shutdown", Becker said.

Ricketts also tweeted a list of ways the public can help those afflicted by the catastrophic floods. The president also praised first responders and emergency response teams for doing "a great job dealing" with flooding, high winds and road closures.

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