Higher Rivers, Streams Could be On The Way

BEATRICE – The National Weather Service says for much of the area, there is an above-normal risk for minor and moderate flooding this spring, because of high soil moisture, somewhat elevated river levels and an increasing snowpack.

:15                  “last three weeks”

Gage County Emergency Management Coordinator Lisa Wiegand says the Big Blue historically has not had the problem with ice jams, that rivers such as the Platte and Missouri experience.

:31                  “can prepare”

With winter weather still hanging on, humans may be tired of the cold….but the Canadian Geese on the Big Blue in Beatrice don’t seem to mind.   Hundreds of geese have been in the water, on the ice and the riverbank in recent weeks.

Flooding this spring will be largely dependent on the location and intensity of additional precipitation and thunderstorms.

Wiegand says emergency managers have a conference call next week with a National Weather Service expert on flooding.

:11                  “plays out”

The Big Blue…….from Crete to Barneston is projected as an above-normal flood potential.  The same expectation goes for Turkey Creek and the Little Blue River in the Fairbury area.

The Missouri River from Nebraska City to Rulo carries a much above-normal potential for spring flooding…..with the Little Nemaha River just above-Normal.

In the Big Blue basin, forecasters are describing it as an increased chance of minor flooding through early May.

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