PIERCE – The City of Pierce is under a threat of flooding thanks to the combination of thawing snow, frozen ground and an abundance of rain expected in the eastern half of Nebraska.
The National Weather Service says creeks and rivers in the area could reach up to 17.7 feet by Friday morning, or five feet above flood stage.
On Tuesday morning, North Fork Elkhorn River was measured at 3.5 feet.
Pierce City Administrator Chad Anderson says this threat is nothing different than in the past.
“We’ve had a few close calls, in 1971, I believe, and in 2010 are the two that come to my mind where it got pretty high. The levy is there to protect the residents.” Anderson says.
He cites the levy built in the 1950’s as the city’s protection against seasonal floods like these.
Even with the levy in place, on Tuesday morning the city published a Facebook post from Pierce Parks and Recreation Superintendent Gary Zimmer saying flooding is imminent based on the current conditions.
Later deleting the statement and publishing a clarification that no flooding is guaranteed.
Anderson says the levy and a stockpiling of sandbags means Pierce should be ready for whatever comes its way.
“We’re making sure that we have enough sandbags in hand. We kind of looked at the floodgate situation for Highway 13, just to make sure that everything is there that we need. We’ve got more sandbags coming and we’ve got sand on hand.”
Most counties in Northeast Nebraska are under a flood advisory and warning until Sunday night.
“I’ve talked to the mayor and him and I are both on the same page that we will continue to monitor it, but for right now there is no imminent flooding that’s going to happen. If something like that occurs, we will let the residents know through the proper media outlets.”
Conditions seen at Willow Creek, North Fork Elkhorn River and the City of Pierce Tuesday afternoon shows the threat is not yet present.