Minor flooding is likely in central Nebraska this week as the Platte River continues to swell with water from Colorado. The floodwaters have caused problems all along the South Platte River in Nebraska since last week.
Now the National Weather Service is warning people who live near the Platte River in Cozad, Kearney, Grand Island and other communities downstream to prepare for possible flooding.
Experts are also urging everyone to avoid contact with the floodwater, which is contaminated and may carry dangerous debris. And once the river rises, it will likely remain high for at least a day or two before receding.
The Platte River will begin rising at Overton and Elm Creek early Monday. The floodwaters will reach Kearney by Monday evening.
The National Weather Service says the South Platte River rose to 14.2 feet in North Platte to set a new record on Sunday. The previous record level of 14 feet was set in June 1935. The river also set a record in Brady at 9.85 feet Sunday, eclipsing the previous mark of 9.6 feet. Records were already set upstream in Roscoe, Nebraska and Julesburg, Colorado late last week.