The swollen Missouri River breached a primary levee south of Hamburg, IA, on Monday, and the floodwaters advanced over farm fields. This farm field is north of Hamburg.
These plants may look like long grasses growing beside a scenic lake, but they’re not. They are corn plants growing beside a cornfield north of Hamburg, IA, buried by floodwater. The Missouri River breached a levee south of Hamburg on Monday, flooding farm fields.
A flooded county road in Iowa
Sandbags have been stacked around the Senior Center in Hamburg, IA, to try to protect it from waters that will flood Hamburg if a secondary levee holding back the Missouri River is breached.
This sign in front of the Blue Moon café in Hamburg, IA (“Now serving pallid sturgeon and piping plover any way you want it; open reg. hours”) is a shot at the Army Corps of Engineers and other groups that have tried to control the Missouri River flow to protect its endangered species
Crews worked to add to a secondary levee protecting the town of Hamburg, IA. The levee system along the Missouri River was built to withstand a 3- to 4-day rise in water that then quickly recedes. But officials predict this flood could last for months. So all levees, including this one near Hamburg, are being used to fight flood conditions for which they were never intended.
This Wendy’s, with its own temporary levee, is at the Nebraska City, NE, exit of I-29, just north of Hamburg, IA.
This hotel, with its hastily constructed levee, is at the Nebraska City, NE, exit of I-29, just north of Hamburg, IA. The interstate is already down to one lane due to water levels. All the interstate exit businesses are closed. Gas stations have even removed their pumps
A grain terminal and fertilizer storage buildings on the banks of the swollen Missouri River, near Nebraska City, NE
The Missouri River is flooding facilities on its banks near Nebraska City, NE, including this grain terminal.
The Missouri River (the light blue water) has completely flooded a cornfield (the muddy brown water) near Nebraska City, NE.
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