South Platte River in Nebraska expected to reach record stage this week

The National Weather Service is forecasting record flooding on the South Platte river in southwest Nebraska.

The rapid water rise, a direct result of the recent heavy rain, is expected to reach Keith and Deuel counties by Wednesday afternoon and peak early Friday morning.

Flood warnings are in effect beginning Wednesday afternoon for the South Platte River in Keith and Deuel counties, while a flood watch has been issued for Lincoln county. Water rises in North Platte aren't expected until late Friday or Saturday.

The current stage at Roscoe is just 1.6 feet, but is expected to crest at 12 feet, which would be 3 feet over flood stage, and the largest crest on record. The previous record of 11.29 feet was recorded in June 1995.

At 11 feet, homes along the river may begin to flood, and flooding will occur along the river between Roscoe and the Interstate 80 exchange.

To reach major flood stage, the river would need to reach 13 feet, at which time the weather service says water may cover the I-80 exchange.

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