Buffalo County, NE -- Officials in Kearney are warning that flooding will be starting in the coming days.
One official already sent out over 1,000 flyers warning of the flooding chances.
The Platte River in Kearney is usually so dry this time year you can walk through without even getting wet. Now it's filling up and will be resulting in minor flooding as soon as early Tuesday morning.
"That minor flooding will probably affect some AG land, cornfields, some pastures, low lying areas and maybe even some access roads, but we're not ruling out the face that it could affect homes and businesses along the the river from Elm Creek to Shelton," said Darrin Lewis the Buffalo County and City of Kearney Emergency Management Director.
The Emergency Management Center said flood projections for Buffalo County are rising daily as they track water flow through the Platte River.
Lewis said, "A lot of this flooding could happen overnight, so people need to be watching throughout the evening and morning hours as well. The water itself isn't moving as fast, it's probably only moving about 1.2 miles an hour, but once we start seeing that first wave, within 12 hours we will be at flood stage, and then probably six to 12 hours after that we will crest at our highest level."
With little time remaining to prepare, the center recommends taking care of outdoor belongings now.
"Before the waters actually get here, if you have the opportunity to move equipment, livestock, vehicles out of low lying areas, you should probably do that," said Lewis.
Darrin Lewis said it's important to keep an eye on the rising water levels. Although levels may not get high enough to reach homes, the water could sneak up fast.
Residents who live on the Platte River said they are not doing anything in preparation of the flooding. They said that they've lived through flood warnings before and nothing has ever happened.
The center knows there have been floods before, but this is different.
"The thing that we're not used to seeing is this type of flood. This flood is a little different because this flood comes from the South Platte where Colorado had a significant amount of rain. It's bringing a lot of debris with it," Lewis said.
Things like sand bags wont work in protecting your house according to the center. Instead concentrate on the belongings inside.
Lewis said, "Take everything that's important to you and put it on the top floor. If you're told to do so disconnect your power, your electrical, shut your pumps off, unplug your electrical devices, put them up higher on higher shelves."