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Missouri River Flooding Forces Closure Of Campsites

By Joe Foreman, Editor

Flooding along the Missouri River last week forced the closure of two popular camping and recreation areas in Mills County.


Lincoln’s Riverview Acres, just south of the Plattsmouth Toll Bridge, and Mintle’s Landing on the west end of Nims Road were evacuated while camper trailers and recreational vehicles parked at the two sites were moved to drier ground.

According to documentation released by the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Omaha, the Missouri River water level at Plattsmouth, Neb., crested at nearly 31 feet late Thursday night into Friday morning. As of Monday, the river was flowing at 30 feet and is expected to recede significantly in the coming days. By Saturday, the river is projected to be 23.5 feet at Plattsmouth.

“It looks like it’s going to be Thursday before it really starts to go down,” Mills County Emergency Management Director Larry Hurst said. “Rain up north is contributing to the water levels down here.”

Saturday night storms produced around an inch of rain in many areas of Mills County, but it wasn’t enough to cause the Missouri River water level to rise. Hurst said on average, the river flows at a depth of 19-22 feet at Plattsmouth.

“They’ve increased flows for barge traffic,” he said.

Many farm fields in western Mills County have been saturated as a result of the flooding. An assessment of potential crop damage hasn’t been made at this time.

Fremont County is also experiencing flooding along the Missouri River banks. A significant portion of The Wilds RV Golf Resort near Bartlett has been under water for several days. On the golf course, only the elevated greens and tee boxes were visible late last week. Some flooding was also taking place near Hamburg.

Hurst noted that the Missouri River water levels in Mills and Fremont Counties could both be impacted in the coming days by the release of additional water from Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota.

“They (Corps of Engineers) have been holding some reserve at Gavins Point,” Hurst said.

According to NWS, Gavins Point flows will be increased to 55,000 cubic feet per second by July 10, nearly doubling current rates. The NWS also reports that the extended forecast for the region calls for drier than normal conditions.
Hurst said he was uncertain when the trailers and recreational vehicles would be allowed to return to Lincoln’s Riverview Acres or Mintle’s Landing, but clean-up at the sites could begin later this week.