Ice jams expected to cause flooding at Grand Island businesses
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- An ice jam is backing up water on a Platte River channel, and it's expected to cause flooding at some Grand Island businesses within the next day, according to the Central Platte Natural Resources District.
CPNRD said the ice jam is backed up to the Highway 281 bridge as of Wednesday morning.
They said the first pasture east of the highway is completely filled with water, and the flooding is expected to reach the Arby's and Days Inn parking lots within the next day.
They also said with no warm up expected in the coming days, additional flooding is expected.
Grand Island and Hall County Emergency Management Director Jon Rosenlund said that the ice can change the flow of the water, making it unpredictable.
"Water can rise fairly quickly. We've had times in the past where we've had water threatening homes and other inhabited areas along the Platte, and so if you live along the Platte and you notice ice jam flooding you really need to be vigilant. There are areas of the river that are very difficult to observe from the roadway," Rosenlund said.
CPNRD is urging landowners and businesses along the Platte River to be aware of the river water levels. If you live near a channel with ice, be constantly aware of the level of the water. Be prepared to evacuate.
If you notice any water threatening your home, you can contact emergency services so they can help with flood mitigation or evacuation.