BIG SPRINGS, Neb. -- Just across the border from Colorado, Big Springs was one of the first towns in Nebraska to see flooding along the South Platte River.
After the river crested on Wednesday, people in town made their way close to the water Thursday.
"It's just curiosity, human curiosity," said Randy Shaw, whose lived in Big Springs for 62 years. "You want to see what is going on."
Water spilled over the river's banks and on to Route 138 West, closing the town's link to Interstate 80.
With the road closed, South Platte Public Schools was forced to cancel classes Thursday.
"Getting kids to and from school as well as staff members, huge safety issue," said Superintendent David Spencer. "You would much rather er on the side of safety than take a chance."
No classes meant kids could make their way to the river to see the water from a safe distance.
"It's really cool to see how much water can come in just that little bit of time," said Avery Hayward.
As of Thursday afternoon, 138 West remained closed while water from the flood continued to run over the road.