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(Elkhorn River in West Point)
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for much of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa for later in the week.
The warning includes the Elkhorn River at West Point from Wednesday evening to late Saturday night or until the warning is canceled. At 10:15 AM Tuesday, the stage was at 8.1 feet or 3. feet below flood stage, which is 12 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. The Elkhorn is expected to continue to rise to near 14.5 feet by Thursday evening and fall below flood stage by late Saturday morning.
(Logan Creek west of Oakland in Burt County March 12th)
Ponca Creek At Verdel affecting Knox County. Elkhorn River At Pilger affecting Stanton County. Elkhorn River At West Point affecting Cuming County. Elkhorn River At Winslow affecting Dodge County. Elkhorn River At Waterloo affecting Douglas County. Wahoo Creek At Ithaca affecting Saunders County. Salt Creek At Greenwood affecting Cass County. Salt Creek At Ashland affecting Saunders County. Big Blue River Near Surprise affecting Butler. Polk and Seward Counties. Big Blue River Near Seward affecting Seward County. Big Blue River Near Crete affecting Saline County. Big Blue River At Beatrice affecting Gage County. Little Blue River Near Fairbury affecting Jefferson County. Little Nemaha River AtT Auburn affecting Nemaha County. Little Sioux River Near Turin affecting Monona County. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Do not drive cars through areas where water covers the road. The water depth may be too great to allow your vehicle to pass safely. Turn around...don`t drown!
The flash flood watch also remain in effect from late tonight through Thursday evening for portions of Iowa and Nebraska including northeast Nebraska. Warmer temperatures will accompany a strong storm system which will likely produce 1 to 3 inches of rain the next several days. This will heighten the risk of river flooding due to the unusual combination of heavy rain, snowmelt, frozen ground, and thick ice cover on area rivers.