The flood surge on the Platte River is likely to reach eastern Nebraska by the middle of next week, said Dave Pearson, hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Valley.
Pearson said it's hard to pinpoint a day that the surge will reach this area because it's slowing and dissipating as it moves across the state.
However, the National Weather Service will post estimated arrival times on its website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/oax/
Readers have asked about going out to watch the surge come in, but Pearson said it will not be the phenomenon on this side of the state that it was farther west.
“It won't be all that exciting,” he wrote in an email. “Mainly because the rise is about one- or two-tenths of a foot per hour.
“As the flood waves move downstream, (they're) slowing down and broadening out due to the decreasing slope of the Platte River in eastern Nebraska. The dry conditions are also contributing. . .With that said, the river will look much more full than we've been used to lately,” he concluded.
Source: Dave Pearson/National Weather Service/Valley