Floodwaters from Colorado keep rolling through Nebraska, but have lessened as they work their way through the state.
The Platte River in Hall County has risen from 3 ½ feet to 5 ¼ feet in the last 24 hours. The river is expected to crest in Hall County at nearly 6 ½ feet within the next 48 hours.
That is a full foot under the projected crest of 7 ½ feet made just a few days ago.
“Oh, one foot on the Platte River makes a huge amount of difference,” Jon Rosenlund, Emergency Management Director for Hall County, tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The previous projected crest prompted massive preparation in Hall County.
“We started 10 days ago when it was going through Sterling, Colorado and Julesburg, Colorado,” Rosenlund says. “We were looking at the depths and the problems that they had and anticipating the worse. We were really looking at record flooding.”
That hasn’t been the case and isn’t expected to be the case as the floodwaters flow from western Nebraska into the central part of the state on their way to eastern Nebraska.
Floodwaters first rolled into Deuel County, which reported damage only to the Total Truck Stop, which was cleaned up within 12 hours.
Little damage has been reported in Keith County.
More damage has been reported in Lincoln County where Emergency Management Director Dan Guenther tells state officials that floodwaters are retreating, leaving behind damage to roads and some silting.
“Where water got into homes and outbuildings, it’s going to be a stinking mess. There is property damage and loss. No communities have reported problems with their drinking water system, but people living in rural areas and operating private wells should have their water tested as a precaution,” Guenther says.
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Damage assessment will begin in the next few days in Lincoln County.
Dawson County reports flooding in the low-lying areas with the Platte River still running fast and wide.
Rosenlund anticipates a similar outcome in Hall County.
“I think we’ll see flooding and water running into those pastures and areas immediately adjacent to the river, but nothing that’s going to cause anyone any great concern.”