THIS IS THE LATEST FLOOD STATEMENT FROM KEITH COUNTY 9-19 AT 12 NOON.
September 19, 2013
The following is a brief statement regarding the current information known to the Keith County Emergency Director. Additionally, please view any unverified nongovernmental information appropriately. Please go to www.keithcountyne.gov for a link to the most recent maps of flood predictions for Keith County and the South Platte River.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO AVOID THE RIVER BANKS AND DO NOT GO BEYOND POSTED BORDERS. ADDITIONALLY, DO NOT SLOW DOWN WHEN DRIVING OVER BRIDGES. THESE ACTIONS ARE IMPEDING TRAFFIC AND UNNECESSARILY CAUSING RESPONSE FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY PERSONNEL.
Injuries – None reported.
Evacuation – Two residents of Ogallala who live very near the river voluntarily evacuated their home. 1 resident of Brule, with some persuasion of family and friends, also evacuated his residence southeast of Brule. No report on other evacuations.
Property – A convenience store in the southwest quadrant of the Brule Interchange is reported to have voluntarily closed. There are no expected flooding of businesses and residences outside of a concern for 2 occupied houses just north of the Roscoe I-80 rest area. Those residents have been contacted numerous times by public safety officials and are well aware of the event. The USGS gauge near Julesburg, Colorado shows a slight decrease in height from the maximum and the USGS gauge at Roscoe is indicating a rapid increase of just over 2 feet in the last hour. (2 – 3 am)
Traffic and pedestrians are somewhat of an issue, primarily in Ogallala, to apparently watch and observe the water levels.
Brule – We are waiting for today’s aerial photography to see where river bank broke through west of Brule. There has been a bank failure on the north side of the South Platte River somewhere between Link 51A and 1.5 miles west of Brule. Water is coming through there and has compromised the FCA (Farmer’s Cooperative Association) facility. Their fuel containment storage area is inundated with water, their propane storage has become an island, 2 fuel tanks have tipped over but they are believed to be mostly empty.
Big Springs – River depth remains steady at Big Springs.
Link from I-80 to Highway 30 is closed by the Nebraska Department of Roads due to water approaching/covering roadway at Brule and Big Springs.
Roscoe – River rising rapidly at Roscoe.
Paxton – Nothing to report at Paxton.
Ogallala – There has been a lot of questions whether the river has hit crest-high mark in Ogallala, there is not a gage here, so we cannot know but it should be at the highest point sometime today.
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