The Missouri River levels in many locations is back on the rise this week and causing problems throughout the area.

Near record-breaking runoff during April has caused above average releases from the Gavins Point Dam.

Normal release amount is 25,000 cubic feet per second and right now releases are at 55,000 cubic feet per second.

Excessive runoff combined with continued heavy rainfall has caused road closures downstream.

The Missouri River in Rulo, Nebraska, is predicted to reach 23.5 feet Thursday morning.

To the north, Holt County currently has closures near Big Lake and in Craig, Missouri, due to water toppling onto the roadways.

People are having to once again pack up their belongings and some are still unable to return to their homes.

The Missouri River in St. Joseph reached 22 feet Wednesday night and is currently at the moderate flood stage.

“There is no flooding as of now in St. Joseph,” Buchanan County Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Brinton said. “Water is beginning to come through where (there) is the gap on the levee and so we’re monitoring all of that.”

The National Weather Service is predicting the Missouri River will crest at 25.1 feet early Friday morning before returning to the minor flood stage next Sunday.

Above average rainfall also is predicted through the rest of May.

This will keep Buchanan County under a flood warning until further notice.