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Looking west from the Maxwell bridge, 4 p.m.
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Flooded driveway on West Island Road near Maxwell.
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Kurt and Carla O'Dell's front yard Monday, south of Brady.
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East Island Road near Brady, 4 p.m. Monday
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McCullough Road near Brady, 4 p.m. Monday.

The South Platte River flood rose Monday, surpassing projected depths in Maxwell and Brady, boosted some by a steady, 3-hour afternoon rain.

Neither village flooded, but a handful of residential yards and fields near the river went underwater.

One home was totally surrounded by water on West Island Road, Maxwell volunteer Fire Chief Jason Sommer said. The house itself was protected by a three-foot tall berm of dirt, covered with a plastic tarp, Sommer said.

Sommer said three other homes were mostly surrounded, including a home off Gun Club Road east of town. The owner used a tractor to get in and out, Sommer said.

“It’s bad enough,” he said of the flood. “I would not want it to be any worse.”

Sommer said volunteers filled 7,000 sand bags before the high water arrived, in case they were needed. They sandbagged the village well on the west side of town and plugged storm sewer drains so water couldn’t backwash into town.

About a half-inch of rain fell.


The situation was much the same in Brady.

Nearly two miles of East Island Road on the north side of the river went under water, said Carla O’Dell, who lives along the road. Water rose considerably Monday, filling the O’Dell’s front yard.

“It came up really fast this afternoon,” she said at 8 p.m. “It’s up into our yard and our driveway. We are surrounded by water.”

“I doubt I will get out for work in the morning,” O’Dell said. “So far the driveway is passable in our pickup, and we have a tractor if we need it to get in and out.”

O’Dell said about three homes along the river are threatened. One of the homes was evacuated Sunday afternoon.

Brady’s maintenance man Troy Chestnutt said volunteers put sandbagged around the sewer lift station and filled low spots in a berm on the south side of the village. The berm was built after the record setting flood of 1973, when the depth of the river was a foot less than it is this time.

The weather service said the crest hit 10.73 feet at Brady at 4 p.m. Monday.

As of 9 p.m., the water had receded a little, to a depth of 10.6 feet.

It will take another 30 hours for the water to recede to 10 feet at Brady, according to weather service models.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/24/2013
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