River flooding not a concern in eastern Nebraska after heavy rain drenches central part of the state
PLATTSMOUTH - Heavy rains in south-central Nebraska on Tuesday raised concerns for residents along the Platte and Missouri Rivers in eastern Nebraska. Where will the water go? Will we see more flooding?
"As of right now, and I say right now, no," Cass County Emergency Management Director Sandy Weyers said. "Unless we would get some rain some place that's not figured into the graphs and charts that makes a difference in this whole thing. Right now, we're not expecting anything catastrophic in Cass County."
Flood warnings remained in effect Wednesday for several communities following two days of rain in south-central Nebraska. An estimated three inches to six inches of rain fell across south-central Nebraska on Monday night into Tuesday, with the highest report approaching nine inches in Loomis.
Another one to two inches fell across the area Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Weyers office has been receiving projected river levels for the Platte and Missouri Rivers.
"It doesn't look to be anything significant," she said. "It shows a crest on Thursday, July 18 of 27.1 feet for the Missouri River. It doesn't appear that it's going to do much of anything to the Missouri River that's still at up-and-down fluctuation that we've had."
By the time the surge of rain runoff reaches eastern Nebraska, the Platte River will be up a few inches, but not at flood stage, according to Weyers.
In a helicopter flyover with state Sens. John Lowe of Kearney and Matt Williams of Gothenburg, Governor Pete Ricketts assessed damage from Lexington, where new government housing units are inundated; to Kearney, where the city’s lodging district is under water; to Gibbon, which has been bracing for flooding on a more destructive scale than what occurred in March.
Ricketts said he’s grateful there have been no reported injuries or deaths, and repeated a warning that Nebraska motorists have frequently heard in 2018: “Turn around, don’t drown.”
Damage assessments don’t include a preliminary dollar figure yet, Ricketts said.
This story contains information from the World-Herald News Service.
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