Preparing for North Platte Floods


The City of North Platte is bracing for high water on the North Platte River and crews are busy getting ready for the river to go over its banks.

This afternoon, dozens of people were busy filling sandbags at the Scouts Rest Ranch State Park in Northwest North Platte, and just across down the block, a dike was being constructed to keep flood waters away from the Lincoln County Historical Park and Museum.

The Lincoln County emergency manager says the river will go to record levels before it's all over.

"We know for sure that it's going to go to 8.5 feet, which is two and a half feet above flood stage," Jim Nitz, Lincoln County emergency manager, said. "But that doesn't include any of the snow melt from Wyoming."

For the past several days, the Army Corps of Engineers has been building a levee along the northwest part of town to hopefully keep that area from flooding.