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Flood worries easing in NE

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By: Channel 8 Newsroom
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Flood worries are easing in western and central Nebraska as the swollen Platte River reaches its crest.

State and local officials continued to work Saturday after several close calls overnight. Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Dan Guenther says flood barriers helped avoid an evacuation order for 20 people in the town of Hershey. Guenther credited early warnings about the flood and assistance from state officials.

The river at North Platte peaked at 13.9 feet on Saturday, nearly 1 foot above flood stage.

Cory Martin, a National Weather Service meteorologist in North Platte, says the river flooded a local golf course and forced one street to close, but the town saw no significant flood damage. Martin says the river is expected to remain above flood stage until at least Monday.

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