Officials are warning residents, producers and businesses in the North Platte River basin that lowland flooding is expected now through April.
Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District recently announced it would be increasing releases from Nebraska’s largest reservoir, Lake McConaughy, to leave room for increased inflows from Wyoming. The Bureau of Reclamation has said reservoirs in Wyoming, upstream from Lake McConaughy, are currently storing 140% of the water normally stored at this time of year. The bureau says it will need to release water from these reservoirs into the North Platte River basin to make room for the oncoming snow runoff.
According to James Nitz, Director of the North Platte/Lincoln County Office of Emergency Management, the North Platte River is running right at flood stage in the city of North Platte. The increased flows into the river will likely be causing some lowland flooding along the North Platte River.
Central says lowland flooding can be expected from just east of Lake McConaughy to just east of the city of North Platte.
Officials are encouraging landowners, residents and businesses in the North Platte River basin between Lake McConaughy and the city of North Platte to begin taking precautions to protect their property.
Nitz says discussions with Central and the city of North Platte have resulted in the consideration of several actions to help stem the severity of any flooding which may occur. He did not elaborate on those actions.