North Platte River levels not a concern for officials

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SCOTTS BLUFF COUNTY, Neb. - (KNEP) - Region 22 Emergency Management is not concerned about the North Platte River cresting over like other rivers in the state have.

According to Director Tim Newman stated he is not concerned and doesn’t believe the river will reach flood status. He added much of the water comes from the North Platte dams and in the winter those are closed off. When that happens, the water level remains low.

Newman stated the amount of snow the Panhandle received amounts to 1.2 inches of rain and should gradually melt.

The river has not seen flood status in two years, but Newman is cautious about local street flooding. Some of the streets in the surrounding area could see collecting water if storm drains are blocked.

Newman believes the entire area handled this week’s weather well and stated the meeting he and the rest of the officials had on Tuesday ahead of the storm helped in remaining proactive.

He and the rest of Region 22 are now looking ahead to spring when the dams reopen. Then, he said, the water levels will rise and they will have to gauge it from there.