Omaha mayor signs Missouri River flooding emergency declaration

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 4:53 p.m. CDT; updated 3:44 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 14, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. — Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle signed an emergency declaration for the city as the Missouri River swells.

Suttle said the declaration will help the city get state and federal aid if needed.

Officials in Nebraska and Iowa were monitoring the river, which is expected to crest in late June near Omaha at record levels between 30 and 35 feet after more water is released from reservoirs in North Dakota and South Dakota.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers measured the river at about 30 feet Wednesday in Omaha. Flood stage is 29 feet.

Col. Robert Ruch with the Army Corps of Engineers said Omaha has a 42-foot levee, which he said he was confident would protect the city.

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