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(Glenwood) - More Mills County residents are impacted by the floods of 2019.

Forecasters said Saturday that at least five states were still facing the flood threat.

As rivers and creeks in flooded eastern Nebraska and western Iowa crest Saturday, officials have begun looking downstream at likely flooding further south along the Missouri River.

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

"Things are moving and changing at a rapid pace", Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson said Friday at a news conference.

People living in the Upper River Don catchment area have been urged to be prepared for possible flooding. The flooding was the worst in almost a decade in places, though the situation was expected to improve quickly over the weekend, according to Mike Gillispie, National Weather Service hydrologist in Sioux Falls. The deluge pushed some waterways to record levels in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem opened that state's emergency operations center and said an emergency declaration was being prepared.

"The storms this week have been extremely hard for many of our communities", Noem said in a statement.

Lori Getter of the Wisconsin Emergency Management spoke with NPR.

Nith River (New Hamburg & Ayr): Flows in the Nith River through New Hamburg are expected to peak on Friday afternoon based on the current forecast.

Rising waters along the Pecatonica and Rock rivers flooded some homes in the northern IL cities of Freeport, Rockford and Machesney Park.

Rain fall average of about 0.6 inches combined with about 2 inches of water from melting snow has led to "significant rises in the rivers", according to the National Weather Service.

Officials ordered residents to leave their homes as floodwater rushed in.

"Nebraska has experienced historic flooding and extreme weather in almost every region of the state", Ricketts posted in a statement on Twitter. An ice jam located between Fairchild Creek and Chiefswood Road remains in place which will increase the risk of additional ice jams and flooding in low lying areas through this reach.

"There is no way out of here unless you've got a helicopter - or a boat", the Rev. Mike Bitter, pastor of Christian Church of Waterloo, told the Omaha World-Herald.

"That's how fast the water was coming up", Martin said.

"There's a lot of people impacted that had to get out real fast", she said.


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