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Cherry Co. gets flooded once more

May 23, 2019

Three to four inches of rain over the last few days, on top of saturated soils, has caused some flooding in Cherry County, again. A two- to three-mile stretch of Highway 97 is closed due to water covering the road about halfway between Mullen and Valentine. The closure is between Brownlee Road and Cedar Bay, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads 511 online service.

Cherry County Sheriff Rusty Osburn said water is encroaching at the edges of US Highway 83 also.

At 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Cherry County Road Superintendent Lloyd Smith announced the closure of the following Cherry County roads:

» Goosecreek Road from Highway 83 to Purdum Road.

» Northeast Goosecreek Road and south Wood Lake Road to Highway 20.

» West Wood Lake Road.

» Fawn Lake Road to Highway 61.

In addition, a culvert is washed out on Wolfenden Road, Smith said.

Osburn cautioned people to check road conditions before traveling, and to never drive across flooded roads.

Wet weather and soil conditions have also prevented some crop ground from being planted, and some that was already planted is now under water, said Osburn.

Some hay fields are also flooded, which could make it difficult for cattle producers to provide feed for their animals.

The Niobrara River rose from a depth of 3.4 feet at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, to 4.1 feet at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

Flood stage is 6 feet.

The webpage did not indicate a concern about the river flooding.

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