Fairbury, surrounding communities placed under Flood Warning as rain falls on saturated area

Fairbury, surrounding communities placed under Flood Warning as rain falls on saturated area
Crystal Springs Park in Fairbury (above) was closed for weeks due to inclimate weather, was reopened Monday, but had to be closed again Tuesday.

Rain is about the last thing anyone in Nebraska needs right now, but a large portion of southeast Nebraska is dealing steady rainfall through the day Tuesday.

The National Weather Service in Omaha issued a Flood Warning for about the entire southeast corner of the state until 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The warning includes Jefferson, Saline, Seward, Gage, Lancaster, Otoe, Cass, Richardson, Pawnee, Nemaha, Saunders, Sarpy, Butler and a number of counties in western Iowa as well.

Anywhere from 0.25-0.75 of rain is possible in these areas. The rain is falling on ground that is already saturated in this area.

Locations impacted by this newest flood warning include Lincoln, Beatrice, Fairbury, Crete, Seward, Nebraska City and others.

The additional rainfall is not expected to have any significant impact on river levels, according to forecasters. 74 Nebraska cities and 65 Nebraska counties remain in a state of emergency. This includes every Nebraska county in the KUTT/KWBE listening area.

In Crete, the Big Blue River is still at moderate flood stage at 25.6 feet – down from a record-setting 30.68 feet last Friday.

Downstream in Beatrice, the Big Blue is measured at minor flood stage at 18 feet, but the levels have receded enough for U.S. Highways 136 and 77 to reopen.

In Fairbury, Crystal Springs Park had been closed for weeks due to weather. The city reopened it Monday, but had to close it again Tuesday due to additional rainfall.

“Due to dangerous driving conditions caused by weather, Crystal Springs Park will be closed Tuesday 3/19/2019 until further notice,” the city said in a written statement. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and appreciate your patience.”

From a regional standpoint, counties along the Missouri River are still dealing with serious flooding, but the NWS projects that Missouri River levels will fall below the “minor flooding” threshold by Thursday evening in Blair, Saturday morning in Omaha and much later in Plattsmouth.

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