Flooding from early spring rains and now melting mountain snowpack, has swollen the Platte River Basin, but doesn’t pose a significant risk.
Rain in early May added to the runoff in the Laramie Basin. Now, above-average snowpack melt in the North Platte as well as the South Platte headwaters has swollen the Platte River Basin.
Kevin Low with the National Weather Service Missouri Basin River Forecast Center says snow melt has been 120-130% above normal. Those who manage the reservoirs and canals in the Platte River Basin have been releasing excess water in anticipation of the larger-than-normal snowmelt, causing minor to moderate flooding along both the North Platte and the South Platte Rivers, which in turn caused similar flooding along the Platte River.
Low says the water level in the basin remains high, but room has been created in the past few weeks to take on even more water.
Despite high water levels, Low isn’t worried.
“From my office’s perspective, we do have lots of water in the reservoirs, we do have high rivers right now, but in the next I’d say three to four weeks things should be way down as far as the rivers go,” Low tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center says there is a good possibility the next three months could be wetter than normal, but Low says that should benefit farmers without threatening property owners.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]