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Nebraskans prepare for floods

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

Flood waters have entered Nebraska, and cities on the western part of the state are not taking any shortcuts.

"The water that everyone read about in Colorado is coming here and it's reached us," NEMA Public Information Officer Mike Wight said.

Residents in North Platte are filling hundreds of sandbags. The flood waters are expected to hit the 13-foot flood stage there late Friday.

The mayor of North Platte says they're protecting their utility systems, including water, sewer and electricity.

"We've been in good fortune that we've had a few days to collect information almost hourly, it seems so the more information we get the better we can handle the outcome of what's going to happen here, obviously we're going to have waters here, but we're doing pretty good at this point," Mayor Dwight Livingston said.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency has a team stationed in Ogallala working areas surrounding the entire South Platte River.

Right now flood waters haven't damaged a lot residential areas, but safety is still a priority.

NEMA says the best way to stay safe is to stay away from the river.

"The river is carrying a lot of things you don't want to be around: hazardous materials and possibly animal carcases, just things like that you don't want to be around," Wight said.


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