Water levels in the South Platte River continue to rise as floodwaters from Colorado continue to flow toward Nebraska.
Initial flooding in the Big Springs portion of Nebraska has caused little damage, but it did force officials to close the Interstate 80 exit into Big Springs and the evacuation of a nearby truck stop.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter in Big Springs at the South Platte High School. Displaced residents will be provided with a safe place to stay, a hot meal, minor first aid and referrals for dealing with flood-related problems.
A breach in the river bank also developed west of Brule. Keith County Emergency Manager Pete Peterson says the water encroached on the Farmers Cooperative Association grain elevator outside of town but didn't threaten Brule.
On Wednesday afternoon, Red Cross workers also delivered food and water to people who were filling sandbags in Hershey.
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Jodie Fawl says the South Platte was extremely full at Ogallala Thursday morning, but hadn't yet overflowed. However, officials expect the river to keep rising near Ogallala throughout the day.
The National Weather Service predicts flooding will continue along the South Platte and later the Platte River over the next several days as the surge of water moves east.
Flood warnings for the rivers extend from Fort Morgan, Colo., east to the Kearney area.
The Red Cross is reminding residents who need to evacuate their homes to bring essential items for each family member, including prescriptions, foods for special diets, identification, extra clothing, blankets, hygiene supplies and specials items needed for infants and children.
Individuals needed help located a Red Cross shelter can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or download the Red Cross Shelter app on the iPhone.