Heavy rains causing flooding across region

Wednesday, March 13, 4:45 p.m. – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Valley, expects widespread flooding from the combination of heavy rains, warmer temperatures and melting snow, frozen ground and thick ice cover on the rivers.

All 13 counties in OPPD’s service territory are under a flood watch through Thursday evening. Already, numerous roads and highways across Nebraska have been closed in some areas due to flooding. Rivers and creeks around the service territory are close to overflowing their banks if they haven’t already. NWS warns record flooding is possible with this event.

People should take caution in low-lying areas typically prone to flooding the next couple of days.

OPPD is monitoring the flooding and taking action dictated by our procedures for such conditions to safely protect critical infrastructure and ensure we keep the electricity flowing for our customers.

NWS flooding photo

Image provided by the National Weather Service outside their Valley office.

 

Wednesday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Valley, is warning that heavy rain in the OPPD service territory poses flooding risks. A flood watch remains in place for the area through Thursday.

NWS warns that the Missouri, Platte, Elkhorn, Blue and Nishnabotna rivers are all at risk of flooding. NWS said this is potentially historic river flooding “exacerbated by ice jams.” From 1 to 3 inches of rain could fall in the area through Thursday followed by some snow. The rain will combine with snowmelt, saturated/frozen soils and thick ice cover on area rivers to cause the enhanced risk of flooding, according to NWS.

The heaviest rainfall is expected today until 3 p.m. with a second round later tonight from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday. Thursday could also see wind gusts Thursday up to 55 mph.

People should take caution in low-lying areas typically prone to flooding the next couple of days.

NWS flooding

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service.

Jason Kuiper

About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He formerly worked as a staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald.