Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says the long-term high water will put extreme stress on levees all along the river.
“These levees were built to withstand a surge, three or four or five days, not two or three months,” Gov. Heineman says. “That’s what we’re worried about. Where will we be 30 days from now, 60 days from now? It’s a big concern.”
Heineman says the state also has flooding issues with the Platte River. “We did have some initial challenges on the North Platte, Ogallala, Scottsbluff, Gering, and we’ve addressed all those,” Heineman says. “The challenges with the Platte are coming when the snowmelt from Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and other areas comes down the Platte, it’ll certainly build up and then of course, the Platte feeds into the Missouri River so it’s going to be a long summer.”
Heineman says he has been impressed with the response all across the state.
“I want to commend the Nebraska Emergency Management agency for the coordination of this effort,” he says. “They’re working closely with local emergency managers and local elected officials. We’re using our common sense. That’s why Nebraska is going to excel on this. We’re acting quickly. We’re not waiting for the federal government. We know what we need to do.”
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton