Rain is falling over much of Nebraska and that trend will continue until mid-week. National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Pearson says for the next few days we can expect a lot of rain over a large area and that means creeks and rivers will be on the rise.
The National Weather Service issued flood advisories, watches and warnings for Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Johnson, Lancaster, Madison, Otoe, Pawnee, Platte, Sarpy, Saunders, Stanton, Thurston, Washington, and Wayne Counties in Nebraska. Most of the warnings are along the Missouri River.
Pearson says, “Usually by this time of year the river is down and once we get into October we are not really anticipating, in a normal year, much flooding but this year has been so different. A lot of moisture in place and with the river already high due to Gavins Point (Dam) releases it doesn’t take much to cause flooding.”
Pearson says the Elkhorn and Platte Rivers funnel into the Missouri River and everything ends up in Douglas County and areas south. He says it will be a while before water levels go down.