Heineman pleased with response to floodwaters


The flooding on the South Platte River continues to make its way downstream across western Nebraska, reaching record levels but a little lower than expected.

There's been no serious damage reported in Nebraska as yet from the flooding, which Governor Dave Heineman credits to good planning, quick responses, and excellent cooperation from Colorado officials...where the level of damage makes it clear how fortunate Nebraska has been.

The river has crested at Roscoe east of Ogallala at just over 12 feet and is expected to crest at just short of 14 feet at North Platte. State officials are urging residents to stay clear of the contaminated flood water, but they say the flood poses no immediate threat to cities, railroad lines or Interstate 80.

The South Platte joins the North Platte River just east of the city of North Platte, and officials are warning of possible low-level flooding because of the confluence of water.

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