Nebraska floods creating new records, travel disrupted

 Monday, March 18, 2019 


Nebraska floods have turned towns into islands, highways into fast-flowing streams. Nebraska floods have created new records and more rivers will break cresting records in the next two days as per The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). A crest is the highest point of a flood wave as per National Weather Service. Seventeen locations have so far broken their flooding records as per NEMA. Some of these are as following.




The Elkhorn River at Waterloo crested at 24.6 feet on Saturday, breaking its 1962 record by 5.5 feet. As per NEMA, the Platte River in Louisville is expected to crest at 14.3 feet, breaking its 1960 record by 1.9 feet.




The Missouri River is expected to crest at 41 feet at Plattsmouth breaking the previous record (2011) by four feet. Record flooding is forecasted to continue into next weekend.



The Missouri River is expected to crest at 30.2 feet at Nebraska City, today, breaking the previous record (2011) by 1.9 feet. Major flooding is forecasted to continue through Wednesday 3/20.




The continued flooding is the aftermath of ‘bomb cyclone’ that hit the central United States with hurricane-like winds and blizzard conditions last week. It is believed that the water left by the bomb cyclone goes into streams and then rivers, causing the cresting and flooding.




Nebraska battles ongoing floods which has jeopardized travel.


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