Emergency management officials in central and western Nebraska are keeping a close watch on water levels along the Platte River as recent rains have pushed the waterway out of its banks in many areas.
Darrin Lewis, emergency management director for Buffalo County, says the threat is still there.
“Emergency management has been out checking the Platte River from Elm Creek to Shelton,” Lewis says. “The river is still up high, it is still in flood stage and we are still in a flood warning,” though he adds, the river is starting to drop. Despite the slowly falling levels, Lewis says that doesn’t mean there’s no danger.
“We’re hoping we’re going to drop below flood stage in the next few days and the flood warning will go away,” Lewis says. “We don’t want people to drop their guard because we know there’s more water coming our direction that will probably push us back into the flood stage and flood warning again.”
Lewis says it may be several weeks before river levels return to normal. The latest weather models show continued chances for off-and-on showers and thunderstorms heading into June.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney