Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Flood risk appears low as snow is expected to melt gradually
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The risk of flooding generally remains low across most of Nebraska and Iowa because the snow across both states is expected to melt gradually in the coming days.
But the amount of ice on some rivers, particularly the Platte River in eastern Nebraska, remains a concern because chunks of ice can create flooding as the it melts by creating ice jams that block the channel of the river. So officials will be watching how the ice melts closely.
National Weather Service hydrologist Dave Pearson said the threat of flooding in the area is never totally eliminated until all the ice on the rivers has melted. Even then, spring flooding is still possible in areas if heavy thunderstorms develop.
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