Water levels in the Kearney area are rising Thursday evening and will keep rising until Friday morning.
Water on the Platte River was at 6.3 feet in Kearney Thursday, a quarter of a foot past flood stage, and it's expected to hit 6.9 feet Friday morning.
With the amount of sewage and bacteria in the water, officials are warning people to stay out of the water.
"This water has contaminations in it; we want to make sure people aren't in it so they don't get sick, they don't touch it. There will be water standing for some time after the water recedes within in the banks," said Buffalo County Emergency Manager Darrin Lewis.
Lewis says the water will start to recede after it crests Friday morning, and he's expecting the water in Kearney to be at or above flood stage level until Tuesday. He also says it may be about a month before people will be able to use the water for recreational activity.
"This river is going to be running very fast for some time, not only that, we want them to stay out of the water until we get new fresh water coming through to filter out some of those containments that are running through the water at this time," said Lewis.
The eastern part of Buffalo County will see the highest water levels during the next two to three days. Lewis says Gibbon and Shelton waters should crest over the weekend.
Overall, he says he's happy how the county has handled the incoming water so far.
"There's been a lot of planning going on ahead of the flood. We're very fortunate the floodwater has moved pretty slowly and we knew it was coming and it gives us a great opportunity to do a lot of preplanning ahead of time," said Lewis.
Officials say it doesn't look like homes in Buffalo County will be affected, but people living on the river line should protect their private wells and move important materials out of low lying areas.
Lewis added that animals in the tree line are now moving away from the river so they may be appearing on roads more frequently. If you're driving, it's important to be more aware of deer crossing.