Flood Warning Extended East To Near Kearney

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email
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The South Platte River hit record flood levels in Roscoe, Nebraska at 12.6 feet Friday morning, though water levels there are expected to start falling later in the day.

Ogallala officials believe the river has crested at 11.5 feet while the level has slightly receded at Big Springs and Brule. Based on that information, the city believes the river at Ogallala may begin to recede slightly as well.

The Nebraska Department of Roads reports Interstate 80 exits to Big Springs and Roscoe are closed. In North Platte, flood stage for the river is 13 feet and the level is expected to rise to nearly a foot above that mark by Saturday morning.

Crews are working to catch debris from the Colorado flooding that's moved east to make sure homes and bridges across western Nebraska aren't damaged.


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The National Weather Service predicts flooding will continue along the South Platte and later the Platte River over the next several days as the surge of water moves eastward.

Flood warnings for the rivers extend from Fort Morgan, Colorado east to near Kearney. We won't get any indication of how that could affect water levels in the metro for at least a few more days.

State officials are urging outdoor enthusiasts to stay away from flood waters in western and central Nebraska after Game and Parks officials rescued a man from the South Platte River. Authorities say two brothers launched a canoe into the swollen river on Wednesday. The canoe capsized about a mile east of the Nebraska-Colorado state line.

Forty-eight-year-old Joseph Schneiderwind of Conifer, Colorado remained on a sandbar while his brother, 54-year-old Mike Schneiderwind of Castle Rock, Colorado, swam to shore. He walked to U.S. Highway 138 and flagged a motorist for help.

Joseph was chest-deep in water and clinging to a tree when help arrived. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for possible hypothermia.


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