From drought to flood. Worries in southwest Iowa, southeast Nebraska, and northwest Missouri have shifted dramatically since heavy rainfall caused massive flooding in northwest Iowa.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is keeping an eye on the Missouri River level, especially in Holt County.

“We have a flood fight team coming out of Glasgow, Missouri, that’ll be traveling to the area to meet with levee districts and address any issues or concerns they may have up there,” said Emergency Management Specialist Mike Dulin with the Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City office.

Dulin said the forecast calls for at least minor flooding along the Missouri River as a result of the heavy rainfall in Iowa.

“Current forecasts from the National Weather Service, Missouri Basin River Forecast Center, are projecting moderate flood stage between Rulo, Nebraska, and St. Joe, Missouri, as the flood crest moves through between June 29th and 30th,” Dulin said. “Minor flooding is forecast to occur downstream of St.
Joe, all the way down to Herman.”

Dulin said a flood fight team has been sent to Holt County as higher Missouri River levels test newly repaired levees.

“Levee rehab efforts following the 2019 and 2021 flood events have been completed and all levee systems in our district’s PL (public law) 84-99 program have been fully restored to their pre-flood levels of protection,” according to Dulin.

The Army Corps of Engineers has drastically reduced water flows from upstream Missouri River dams in wake of the southwest Iowa flooding.

Iowa officials say their preliminary estimate is that at least 1,900 properties in 22 counties have been swamped by floodwaters with hundreds of homes destroyed.

By Brent Martin of Missourinet affiliate KFEQ in St. Joseph