Help needed keeping track of possible ice jam flooding in Nebraska

Courtesy: Valley County Emergency Manager Scott Philbrick

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The U.S. National Weather Service in Hastings is asking for help tracking any potential ice jam flooding.

It says photos shared by Valley County Emergency Manager Scott Philbrick may already show some underwater fields.

The pictures were taken along the North Loup River near Elyria.

Officials say they can’t typically detect ice jam flooding remotely, so they’re largely reliant on reports from observers.

We’re told the vast majority of potential ice jam issues in their coverage area happen along the Platte and Loup River systems.

The weather service says it will issue advisories or warnings if any roads or structures are at risk.

But it may not issue an official notice if flooding is limited to a field or pastures.

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