Emergency managers in towns along the South Platte River are preparing for the flood waters expected to hit Nebraska this week.
The National Weather Service is warning about the possibility of flooding in low-lying areas along the South Platte beginning Wednesday and continuing for several days.
The heavy rains that caused severe flooding in parts of Colorado has knocked out gauges from many bridges in that state, so officials are hoping to have a better idea of how the incoming waters will affect Nebraska once it reaches the state line.
However, floodwaters are likely to approach or exceed record levels along the South Platte at least until after it joins with the North Platte River near the city of North Platte.
Officials say debris in the water will pose the biggest issue, possibly contributing to increase flooding.
Lincoln County officials are preparing for flooding in a golf course and some neighborhoods of southwest North Platte and emergency managers in other areas are warning businesses and residents along the river to prepare for the possibility of flooding.
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is sending a team to Ogallala to help local officials respond to flooding and to coordinate the state's response.
Additionally, a team of representatives from Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, the National Weather Service and the Nebraska Information Analysis Center is working on predictive models to determine how the increased water could affect communities downstream.
The American Red Cross is offering these tips for residents to prepare for possible flooding:
State officials are also advising that electrical appliances be disconnected before it is too late (do not touch electrical equipment if standing in water).
More information on flood safety can be found at http://www.nema.ne.gov/newsroom/flooding-information.shtml.