Floodwaters continued to roll along the South Platte River through Nebraska on Sunday, breaking a 78-year-old record for flood levels at North Platte.
Shawn Jacobs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the South Platte River crested at 14.2 feet in North Platte at 10 a.m. That broke the record of 14.02 feet set on June 3, 1935.
“There hasn't been significant damage (in North Platte), although we have received several reports of water topping area roads,” Jacobs said.
He said water covered Gun Club Road three miles southeast of Maxwell and Island Road two miles southwest of Maxwell.
Briona Saltzman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hastings, said the South Platte River measured 4.36 feet Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The river is expected to crest at about 8 feet near Cozad some time today, she said.
The Kearney area also has been placed on flood alert, Saltzman said, with the South Platte expected to crest there on Tuesday.
Jacobs urged North Platte residents along the South Platte River to avoid floodwaters. The swiftly moving water is dangerous and there are biological concerns as well, he said.
“There is a lot of muck with decaying dead animals in the water,” he said. “There is also the concern about chemical spills along the way.”
The Associated Press reported that 3,100 gallons of oil spilled into the river Saturday near Milliken, Colo. That brought the known volume of oil released since massive flooding began last week along Colorado's Front Range to an estimated 25,000 gallons, or about 600 barrels.
Most of the oil came from tanks operated by Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Co. At least four of the releases reported by the company were in Weld County and spilled oil into the South Platte River or a tributary, according to information submitted to regulators.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.