Nebraska Emergency Management Agency continues to work with local emergency managers and other state agencies to monitor the South Platte, North Platte and Platte Rivers, as waters runs bank to bank through the state. Water levels are receding along the South Platte, while water levels are beginning to rise on the Platte near Grand Island.
“We don’t expect any additional issues as the water continues to move east,” said Earl Imler, response and recover section manager with NEMA. “While we no longer have a team in the field, we are maintaining contact with local emergency management agency directors to keep track of the water as it moves through the state.”
Local Emergency Manager Wrap Up
Ron Leal, Region 21 (Deuel County) — “I really want to give kudos to the people of Big Springs who were ready for that water two days in advance. We did get a little water in the Total Truck Stop and they had it cleaned up within 12 hours. Representatives from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, the Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were on scene and they worked great with us. We had no structural damage. People really came together.”
Pete Petersen, Keith County — “With due diligence and the help from many state agencies, we had time throughout Keith County to prepare for the high water. Local people, local government and citizens, spent many hours working to protect critical infrastructure and to alert and notify anyone with interests along the river. Based on reports received, we have had very little damage to public and private property.”
Dan Guenthner, Lincoln County — “Floodwaters are retreating but there has been damage in Lincoln County. We’ve had roads impacted and will probably see some silting. Where water got into homes and outbuildings, it’s going to be a stinking mess. There is property damage and loss. No communities have reported problems with their drinking water system, but people living in rural areas and operating private wells should have their water tested as a precaution. The West Central District Health Department has free kits available by calling (308) 696-1201, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We have not started our damage assessment because floodwater is still high. That will begin in the days and weeks ahead.”
Brian Woldt, Dawson County —“The water came up, stayed in the banks and came back down. We really didn’t have any issues with flooding except for in a few low-lying areas. The river is still running fast and wide but we had no real damage.”
Jon Rosenlund, Hall County —“Water is starting to rise, but we don’t expect it to crest until Friday. We don’t expect to have any problems.”