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Platte rivers reach minor flood levelTell North Platte what you think
 
Photo by Joe Chitwood
The South Platte River bridge on Buffalo Bill Avenue, Tuesday morning.
Photo by George Lauby
Water flows bank-to-bank Tuesday below the Jeffers St. Bridge, more than 10 feet below the girders of the bridge.
Photo by George Lauby
North Platte River Bridge, Tuesday evening.

Due to heavy rains, minor flooding is occurring on the Iron Eagle Golf Course on the South Platte River in North Platte.

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There is relatively little water on the east end, course manager Bob VanderZee said Wednesday morning. He doesn't foresee that it will last long.

Nevertheless, Nebraskaland Days Executive Director David Fudge announced Wednesday morning that the Cowboy Businessman's golf classic will be moved from Iron Eagle to River's Edge Golf Course. The one-day tournament is Tuesday, helping to launch the 10 days of the Nebraskaland Day festival. 

As much as four inches of rain fell overnight on June 8 in Lincoln County, with widespread reports of three inches. That cam after two inches of rain on June 6.

The South Platte River reached 9.8 feet in North Platte on Tuesday and is expected to rise to at least 11 feet, the weather service says. That causes a little flooding action, but minor flooding begins at 13 feet.

The North Platte River in North Platte was at the level Tuesday where flooding action occurs -- 5.5 feet. However, it is not expected to rise.

The South Platte channel is narrower at Roscoe, where the river reached 9.2 feet on Monday. A depth of 9-feet there causes minor flooding. The river at Roscoe is expected to reach 9.4 feet by late Wednesday.

Minor flooding is also occuring near Brady, where the minor flood stage is 7.5 feet. The river was three inches above that on Tuesday and expected to reach at least 8.2 feet before it crests.

More thunderstorms are possible Wednesday night, Thursday night and into the weekend in the river basins, although the odds of rain are only about 20 percent in the North Platte area, the weather service said.

The heavy rains broke the drought and gave a much needed boost to agriculture.

As of Tuesday, a total of 9.5 inches of precipitation has fallen in North Platte since the first of the year, nearly an inch more than the norm at this time of year, according to weather service measurements at the North Platte Regional Airport.


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