Rising floodwaters prompt evacuations in Wood River

WOOD RIVER, Neb. (WOWT) -- Flooding has forced evacuations in the south-central Nebraska town of Wood River.

The Kearney area, to the west, received as much as nine inches of rain earlier this week, and that water is now on the move in the Platte River and the Wood River, which runs parallel.

The river there went from a normal depth of four feet on Tuesday to nearly eight feet now.

Ten feet is considered minor flooding and the forecast is 13 feet by Saturday, which is considered major flooding.

Earlier Wednesday, Gov. Pete Ricketts toured the flooded area with some state senators and other officials.

The governor said floodwater is receding faster than the situation back in March but that does not take away from the damage to homes and businesses.

The water system in Kearney is in good shape, officials said.