Additional Rainfall Worsens Flood Conditions

By: WOWT 6 News, The Associated Press Email
By: WOWT 6 News, The Associated Press Email

A flood warning remains in effect for the Wahoo Creek at Ithaca, which was at 22.1 feet Friday morning, 3.1 feet above flood stage. The water level is expected to rise to around 22.5 feet before falling below flood stage Friday night.

A flood warning also continues for the Missouri River at Brownville and Rulo in southeast Nebraska.

A National Weather Service advisory says a storm that dropped more than an inch on Polk and northern York counties Friday morning was drifting east. Minor flooding is expected in the two counties. A gauge at the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District office in York indicates nearly nine inches of rain had fallen there by Thursday morning.

The Saunders County Sheriff's Department says roads and highways in and out of Wahoo are no longer closed by flooding, but water was still standing at the Nebraska Highway 66 junction with the spur into Wahoo.

Due to high water in the Elkhorn River creating extremely dangerous boating conditions, all Papio-Missouri River NRD Elkhorn River access sites in Douglas County will be closed through the Labor Day weekend. “We are hoping for a reopening on Tuesday, September 2nd if the river returns to near-normal conditions,” said Papio-Missouri River NRD General Manager John Winkler.

The closed Elkhorn River access sites include Elkhorn Crossing, Graske Crossing and the NRD’s West Maple Road site. The NRD’s Platte River Landing access site near NE Highway 64 in western Douglas County remains open.

Saunders County Commissioner Ed Rastovski sent WOWT6 photos Thursday indicating why he had to drive 28 miles to get home and he lives just outside of town. The trip normally takes only a few minutes, but the flooded creek cut off the main road from Wahoo to the south.

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