Missouri and Missippi Rivers May Cause More Flooding, Frist Femail NU System President, 5:32

May 30, 2019

Susan Fritz, Interim President, University of Nebraska System

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As the Missouri River continued to swell Wednesday, residents of Dakota Dunes braced for more flooding that authorities said would rival the high water that briefly forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents in March.

A notice from the planned community posted Tuesday night suggested more evacuations are not out of the question this week. 

Officials in Davenport say the city is building a bigger flood barrier in the wake of a breach in April that sent Mississippi River floodwaters rushing into downtown streets. Davenport's downtown sits on the banks of the Mississippi, with no permanent floodwall. 

The Davenport City Administrator tells the Quad-City Times that the city will build larger flood walls when there is a high probability the river cresting above 21 feet. Days after the last temporary barrier broke on April 30, the river hit a historic crest of 22.7 feet.

Some commercial flights from the Kearney Nebraska airport that had been canceled in the wake of storm damage to airport equipment are now set to resume.

Those flights had been canceled indefinitely after weather equipment was damaged Monday night in a powerful storm that dropped large hail on the area.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents has named a longtime administrator and faculty member as the school's interim president-elect, and she is also the system’s first female president. 

The board announced Thursday that it will name Susan M. Fritz the university's interim president following the departure of current President Hank Bounds, who will leave Aug. 15. Fritz will hold the position while the board conducts a national search for the next president.