Flood Watch Issued Through Monday Morning

Flood Watch Issued Through Monday Morning
An aerial view of the Platte River ice

FREMONT – The Flood Warning formerly in effect for a portion of the Platte River adjacent area in southernmost Dodge county has now expired. Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties are now included in a Flood Watch through Monday morning.

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but that it is possible. Warm temperatures through this weekend are expected to create ice movement along the Platte and Elkhorn Rivers. As of today, the highest concentration of ice is from the railroad bridge near Fremont to County Road 11, just downstream of North Bend. In addition, a significant amount of ice remains along the Elkhorn River near Scribner. Residents along these areas should remain alert to possible ice jam flooding.

As of 4PM on Friday afternoon, river levels were steady at the same measured depth at North Bend – still around 3.8 feet – as had been observed earlier in the day.  According to NOAA, no Platte River flood gauges are observing flood-level river depths at this time. The Platte near Fremont at County Road 19 is flowing, despite the slush and ice, at a good pace.

This photo by Judy Getzschman, taken Friday afternoon, shows the Platte moving water and slush down stream.

River levels can change quickly and dramatically as ice and water continue to flow.

The Flood Watch is in effect through Monday morning for Cuming, Dodge, Washington, Saunders, Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties, including the cities of West Point, Wisner, Fremont, Blair, Wahoo, Ashland, Yutan, Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, and Plattsmouth.

Be prepared:

  • Gather your important documents into an easy-to-pack folder or small container you can take with you in an evacuation
  • Keep your medications together in an easily accessible location
  • Have an evacuation plan for your pets and children
  • Have a communication plan for your family, and make sure everyone has your contact information
  • Have a “meeting place” plan for your family should you be in separate locations when a Flood Warning is issued.

How to know if you need to take action: