No Ice Jams or Flooding…Yet

Today, warm sunlight shines on this water, running through the ice, on the Platte River, and it has been over the past few days during this stretch of above average temperatures.

Rich Tesar with the Natural Resources District says while this warm weather could be a potential problem with ice jamming, right now, it's actually helping.

Rich Tesar says, "We're not seeing a lot of the creeks running high, that's a good sign, the ground is absorbing the water."

Chase Moffitt says, "With this recent stretch of warm weather, it's been losing up this top soil layer, soaking up a lot of that moisture, and lowering the concern for flooding."

The ice, according to Tesar, is cracking and losing up allowing the water to flow down stream. Rich says, "The Platte River, below the Elkhorn River is opening up a bit, down by the I-80 Bridge, there is some open channels."

This homeowner in Valley says he's lived in the area, next to a lake and the river, for 13 years, and he says flooding isn't a concern for him. But while the ice isn't jamming now Tesar says things could change rapidly.

Rich says, "Anytime you have rain a top of ice, that's a major concern." The Army Corps of Engineers and they say they will not dust the ice upstream where it is thicker this week.

Also, Tesar tells me if we receive any amount of rain, over an inch this ice behind me could quickly start jamming, so all eyes on the forecast for the next few days a head.


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