Lowland Flooding, Muddy Roads Making for Sloppy Start to Spring

BEATRICE – Soft road conditions from the plentiful melting snow onto saturated ground, may be forcing some school districts to temporarily limit bus service in some rural areas.

Gage County Emergency Manager Lisa Wiegand says that’s the case with Beatrice Public Schools, but she says each district makes their own call on that issue.

:21                  “from there”

The National Weather Service has now dropped their forecasted crest on the Big Blue River in Beatrice to just under 21 feet…sometime Friday afternoon.

:15                  “doesn’t increase it”

In the Little Blue River basin, Jefferson and Saline Counties Emergency Manager, John McKee says the river at Fairbury is still below levels that would require action.

:15                  “cause it to rise”

Like Gage County, McKee says rural roads are muddy after a snow-filled winter.

:16                  “this time of year”

River and stream measurements taken at four a-m, Wednesday, showed the Big Blue River at Beatrice, at just over 16 feet…still two feet below flood stage.   Turkey Creek at DeWitt was at 21.8 feet…still below flood stage of 23.5.

The Big Blue River at Crete measured just over 20 feet…less than a foot from flood stage.

The Little Blue River at Fairbury was nearly 15.8 feet…still under the flood stage of 18.5 feet.

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