Mike Crecelius of Fremont County Emergency Management has been busy lately, monitoring the Missouri River and its impacts on roads in Fremont County.
There have been some closures so far, but, as of Thursday morning, those closures did not include Highway 2 near Nebraska City or the Riverton road.
Fingers crossed, those roads won’t be closed.
The same can not be said for the I-29 ramps at McPaul, which are under water. The road which runs under the I-29 overpass at McPaul is also closed with eight inches to a foot of water on it.
Railroad Avenue west of Hamburg is closed, as is 155th avenue west of Western Avenue and Western Avenue south from the 155th intersection.
Those closures could be in place for at least some time.
Getting water evacuated requires that the pumps operate and Crecelius said the pumps are hampered because the river is running high.
According to the forecast on Thursday, the river was at 18.85 feet and was due to go as high as 20.2 feet by Tuesday after which the river would start to go down, but not rapidly by any means.
The graph on Thursday indicated that the river would remain above the action state of 18 feet until Oct. 22 and has the river running above 16 feet through early November.
As the river declines, Crecelius said the pumps should be able to evacuate the water, which will result in roads opening.
And the river should drop even if rain falls because the rain forecast and increased releases at Gavins Point Dam are factored into the hydrograph.
The Gavins Point releases have been  at 46,000 CFS (Cubic Feet per Second) to alleviate flooding but were due to go up to 58,000 CFS on Friday.
The bad news relates to the state of the river and the forecast for future flooding.
Crecelius said he expects the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain the 58,000 CFS releases at Gavins Point into December and believes the river will run in the 16-plus foot range well into January.
Depending on snow fall amounts this winter, that fact could set off some alarm bells.
Crecelius said he sees some corollaries between conditions now and those that existed in 2010.
In 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers, citing heavy run off from snow pack in the north, initiated record setting releases which caused wide spread flooding.
The current indicators do not, in any way, guarantee that another major flood event is coming to southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa, but the situation definitely bears monitoring.