Buffalo County Emergency Management Director Darren Lewis says he watches what is going on to the east and west, because that determines the local impact.
Lewis says his office works closely with the National Weather Service staff and, so far, they have not raised any concerns with the Platte.
He also says there are a number of locals who provide information about ice jams and flooding.
“We always have spotters and observers up and down along the river that will let us know if they’re seeing any issues, and we haven’t had any of those people call in as well,” he says. “So, we’re always keeping an eye on things like that, but at this point, we haven’t seen anything.”
Lewis and other emergency officials say being prepared is key. They says those living along the Platte should have a response or evacuation plan when flooding occurs.
David Carr, Range Management Specialist with the Central Platte Natural Resources District, says there are specific areas they check for trouble south of Grand Island and in Kearney.
“The best advice I can give is to monitor the situation, be aware of how much ice is coming down the river, and the height of the river level,” he says. “If you think flooding can occur, be ready to evacuate or get extra supplies so you can shelter in place.”
Carr says residents should contact their county emergency management office for more information.
Brent Weithorn, KXPN, contributed to this story.