March 11, 2019, 11:25 a.m.
Due to a significant amount of snowfall during the winter, the National Weather Service in Hastings is forecasting an above-average amount of flooding for parts of Nebraska this spring.
The Spring Flood Outlook released by the NWS in Hastings points to high soil moisture and snowpack as contributors to increased flooding risks in Nebraska. The report noted flooding will be dependent on additional precipitation and storms. The NWS in Omaha released an outlook with similar above-average flooding risks for northeastern Nebraska along the Missouri River.
Cindy Fay, who is a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Hastings, said people should stay alert this spring when near rivers or low areas.
“You just need to be aware as we see runoff from the snowmelt and that rain moving in, we are expecting those rivers to rise and you need to stay away from low-lying areas or any areas that are flooding," Fay said. "If you do see flooding, make sure you turn around and don’t drown.”
Due to ice jams and other factors, the report also said some areas of Nebraska, like the Loup River Basin and Platte River near Kearney, are at risk for major flooding this spring.