City and county officials brief on flooding, weather
City of Lincoln and Lancaster County officials provided an update Thursday afternoon on their response to ongoing flooding and weather concern.
County Engineer Pam Dingman said Branched Oak Lake reached a record high level Wednesday, and Salt Creek crested at 25 feet Wednesday night before stabilizing around 21 feet Thursday.
Other area creeks in Lancaster County reached their highest levels in over 100 years.
The Army Corp of Engineers expects water levels to remain high for the next week, Dingman said.
She said the primary concern for flooding stems from ice jamming and backwater from the Platte River.
Dingman said officials are urging all Lancaster County residents who have been in contact with flood water to get a tetanus shot.
Donna Garden with City Transportation and Utilities said utilities were unaffected as of Thursday afternoon.
She said there were no major flooding concerns in the city.
Lincoln Fire & Rescue operations were unaffected, but nine people from the Urban Search and Rescue Team were dispatched early Thursday morning to help with search and rescue efforts in Columbus.
Captain Pat Boher said he did not know how long the team would be deployed, and it could end up aiding efforts in other communities affected by flooding.