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Protect wells from flood damageTell North Platte what you think

To protect rural water wells from damage during the flooding expected along the South Platte River, the University of Nebraska advises:

Store a supply of clean water.

Disconnect the power supply.

If possible, have the well vent replaced with a water-tight plug, or have the casing permanently extended above flood level.

Cover the top of the well with heavy-duty plastic and tightly secure it with waterproof tape (not duct tape) to keep debris and sediment out of the well, making post-flood clean-up easier.

Prepare to have the well tested and disinfected (if needed) after flood waters recede.

The South Platte River will rise sharply on Wednesday and Thursday, increasing a total of 8 feet or so.

Peak flows are predicted to arrive in North Platte around 2 p.m. Friday and continue for about 24 hours.

Lowland floods are expected.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/17/2013
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