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OMAHA — The Mississippi River is dropping below flood stage along many of Iowa’s riverfront cities after nearly three months of record highs caused by melting snow and torrential rain.

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OMAHA — The surging Missouri River is being filled with more than twice the normal amount of water from an upstream reservoir so more flooding is likely, and the heavy releases may continue for months.

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WASHINGTON — Additional flood recovery funding for Nebraska and Iowa is on its way after the House voted Monday to send a $19.1 billion disaster relief package to President Donald Trump’s desk.

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The city of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County and the city of Crescent issued a new disaster declaration early Friday evening for the continuing and renewed flooding along the Missouri River.

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The Small Business Administration approved more than $25 million in federal disaster loans for Iowa businesses and residents impacted by severe storms and flooding that occurred March 12 through May 16.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  — An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees, tossed cars across a dealership lot and injured dozens of people in Missouri’s capital city and killed at least three others elsewhere in the state.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds requested, and FEMA approved, extending the deadline to apply for federal disaster assistance in the eight counties affected by the severe storms and flooding beginning March 12.

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Google.org and Googlers are donating more than $125,000 to flood relief efforts in Iowa and Nebraska to support the work of organizations such as the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon and United Way of the Midlands. The support will help communities devastated by flooding in early March.

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According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, crews are working on reconstructing culverts between Crescent and Honey Creek. Debris removal and shoulder repairs on the stretch of the interstate have been completed and all four lanes are scheduled to reopen in late May.

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The governors of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and the lieutenant governor of Kansas were in Council Bluffs Friday to meet with representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency about flood recovery efforts.

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Area residents with family treasurers, heirlooms, photos and books that were damaged in the March flooding, do not throw them away just yet. You may be able to save them, and some experts from the Smithsonian Institution can help you.

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Flooding has eased significantly across the region, but water over roadways continues to pose hazards. A semitrailer truck driver found out the hard way that barriers on flooded roads are there for a reason.

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Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, said moves by former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt contributed to less ethanol being blended in 2018 than the year before —breaking a streak of increasing ethanol usage that stretched back more than two decades.