The steady rise of the Platte River near Grand Island has officials keeping an eye out for flooding, but it has also brought many out just to sneak a peak at the river that has been nothing but dry in recent years.
Grand Island resident William Lammers said, "It's a rare site to see this river up this high. It's been so dry lately and all this water came such a long ways to get here and it's got a long ways to go."
Just one year ago the river was completely dry, and even just a few days ago there was little water running through, so it goes to show how quickly water from Colorado's torrential rain is coming through. However, Hall County Emergency Management Director Jon Rosenlund says he's relieved it hasn't made its way to the area as quickly as predicted.
Rosenlund said, "A week ago the water was forecast to be a lot higher than it's forecast today, so as the days went on the situation got better and better, so today it looks merely to become a near-flooding event."
"We didn't have evacuations three years ago with the depth similar to this, but low-lying roads and access roads may be affected, and pasture lands as well," Rosenlund added.
By dinner time on Thursday, the water on the Platte River near Hall County reached around 4 feet. Officials anticipate that level to rise to 6.4 feet by Saturday, just below the 6.5 feet flood stage.