Flooding sets records in western Nebraska as water moves east

Sep 23, 2013

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — The flooding along the South Platte River continues to set records in western Nebraska, but the defenses communities built are generally holding and the floodwater is slowly flowing east across the state.

The National Weather Service says the South Platte rose to a record of 14.36 feet early Monday morning.

The river had continued to rise since Sunday when it exceeded the old record of 14 feet that was set in June 1935.

The South Platte declined slightly to 14.1 feet by 8 a.m. Monday. The gauges upstream from North Platte show that the water flowing in from Colorado has started to decline.

But the Weather Service predicts minor flooding this week in several central Nebraska cities. The river is already rising near Lexington and Overton.

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