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Flood at midnightTell North Platte what you think
 
Photo by George Lauby
The main South Platte River channel, east of the Dewey St. Bridge, midnight Sunday.
Photo by George Lauby
Sandbags, at right, line McDonald and lights glisten in floodwater on the street. (Looking south from Philip, 11:50 p.m. Sunday.)
Photo by George Lauby
Water and sandbags, looking west on William from Union, 11:45 p.m. Sunday.
Photo by George Lauby
Water in U.S. Postal Distribution Center driveway, 12:15 a.m.
Photo by George Lauby
The full moon sheds a little light on floodwater at the foot of Dawson Public Power District tower, Prospect Dr. (12:30 a.m.)

At midnight Sunday, the flood water was going down on McDonald Road in southwest North Platte, where it threatened homes earlier Sunday evening.

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Water along the curbs was up to a foot deep at its height, a resident said. Dozens of volunteers, many from Hershey, helped line the dozens of curbs Sunday with sandbags.

The water on the street was backwash from the river. Water came back up storm sewer pipes and bubbled into the street.

Most of the water was on two blocks of McDonald, between Philip and Sunset, as well as some adjoining streets, especially William.

An emergency pump was set up at the corner of Leota and McDonald, pulling water up out of the storm sewer pipes and sending it back into the South Platte River channel.

Water also edged onto a few other streets, including the Industrial Park south of East Philip.

A few inches of water lapped at the foot of a driveway leading to the U.S. Postal Distribution Center. The center is at the south end of Industrial Ave.

The base of the Dawson Public Power tower on nearby Prospect Drive was also under water. Water also covered the end of a corn field and an undeveloped lot nearby.

Philip St. was closed to traffic for one block from Industrial Ave. to Prospect. The water there was a few inches deep in the street, evidently from backwash.

At midnight, the flood remained at its highest point -- 14.32 feet -- where it had been for 12 hours. Water was projected to start declining early Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service in North Platte.


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