Severe flooding reported across northeastern Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- Heavy rains are quickly making roads impassable in northeast Nebraska.

Madison County officials say that many roads are covered in standing water, including Highway 275 east of Tilden.

Many other county roads, including 839th Road, 539th Avenue and 835 Road all have flood water over them

Madison County officials say they are quickly running out of markers to close down roads and are urging residents to stay off the roads.

Meanwhile, emergency officials in Pierce County have put out a call to rescue officials there to begin sandbagging along the North Fork of the Elkhorn River. The river between Pierce and Hadar was measured just before 10 a-m at two feet below flood level and quickly rising.

The National Weather Service in Omaha has issued a flood warning for the Norfolk area in effect through late Sunday night or until the warning is cancelled.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) is advising motorists this flooding event is rapidly evolving and will
continue to change throughout the rest of the week.

Nebraska State Patrol is reminding people to "Turn Around. Don't Drown." during flooding.

NSP tweeted a photo from Highway 35 near Wakefield showing a flooded road.

Troopers also report flooding in the following areas:
Rt275 and 535 Rd – East of Tilden
Mm 7.5 Rt15 / Rt51 Jct - Cuming Co
Mm10 Rt35 – Dixon County north of Wakefield
Mm405 Rt20 Dixon County
Several areas from m116
Rt12 east S of Butte Ne – Rt12 closed
Rt20 from Belden to Rt81 JCT

Motorists are reminded to make sure everyone in their vehicle wears a seatbelt and children are in a car safety seat. Never use cruise control in wet weather.

As a reminder, the NSP Highway Helpline is available 24 hours per day for motorists in need of assistance. Drivers can reach NSP by dialing *55 from any cell phone. Call 911 for any emergency.