More Than Enough Water, For Beatrice

BEATRICE – Chautauqua  Park in south Beatrice might as well be renamed, Chautauqua Lake.

Flood waters from the Big Blue River covered nearly all of the park on Friday, including picnic shelters, camping area, playground equipment and an old Army Tank that’s been a fixture for years.  Motorists traveling by the park were getting a good look at what happens when the Big Blue elevates at least five feet above flood stage.

The high water was also encroaching on Veteran’s Memorial Park, across the highway to the west.   Flood waters covered a recreational trail and buried a wooden canopy along the trail.

The West Court street river bridge was closed early on Friday, and the river has spread out…flooding additional farm ground, city park land and ball fields west of Memorial Drive.

Police and fire officials have been constantly monitoring river levels.

At noon on Friday, the Big Blue River in Beatrice was just short of 24 feet, about six feet above flood stage.   A crest of almost eight feet above flood stage is expected, sometime Sunday.

Forecasters project the river level likely won’t fall back to the flood stage of 18 feet, until Tuesday.

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