High river levels caused moderate flooding throughout Richardson County Thursday, but it appears relief is on the way in the form of drier weather and most importantly, receding river levels.
According to observations provided by the United States Geological Survey, the Missouri River at Rulo crested at 3:45 Friday morning at 23.48 feet, nearly six-and-a-half feet above flood stage. The Missouri continued to slowly drop through the early morning hours and the latest reported observation was 22.43 feet.
The Big Nemaha River crested at 29.1 feet, or just over two feet above flood stage, Thursday morning and had fallen to around 15 feet Friday morning.
In their latest flood statement, the National Weather Service out of Omaha canceled the flood warning for the Big Nemaha River at Falls City, but the warning remains in effect for the Missouri River at Rulo, Brownville and Nebraska City through Saturday morning.
The NWS stated Thursday night that the Missouri would continue to rise to near 23.6 feet by early Saturday morning. They note the river forecasts take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 24 hours into the future.