Torrential rains that have pounded northeast Nebraska and South Dakota in recent days is causing concern in Omaha and Council Bluffs. The metro area is under a flood warning until Tuesday and it's possible water levels could rise to 32 feet, three feet above flood stage.
City officials on both sides of the river are taking precautions. N.P. Dodge Park is now closed and the Omaha Public Works Department is building a four-to-five-foot berm at the Missouri Wastewater Treatment Plant south of the Veteran's Memorial Bridge to provide protection to the plant area not currently protected by the levee.
In Council Bluffs, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director John Batt tells Newsradio 1110 KFAB water has already begun to flow into Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park. "We have closed the main road and we will be shutting off power and water service."
Batt says based on the current forecast, the entire park could be under water by Sunday. He says they are also keeping their eye on Big Lake Park, half of which is on the other side of the levee system. "That has flooded before and we are watching that. It could cause some damage," Batt says.
Pictures from Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park in Council Bluffs