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Date:
September 4, 2018
For More Information Contact:
Ann Ames, Lancaster County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, 402-441-7496
Holley Salmi, City Public Works and Utilities, 402-441-7537

City and County Urge Caution and Preparedness as Creeks Rise

Agencies coordinate on street closures, flooding response and potential need for evacuations

Officials with the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County urge the public to stay informed and cautious as creek levels rise to near-flood conditions. Although there is no call for evacuation, residents in the North and South Bottoms neighborhoods are encouraged to be prepared to evacuate if Salt Creek levels continue to rise.

Officials are closely monitoring the creek levels south of Lincoln to determine the level of flood threat to Lincoln. At 3:05 p.m. today, Salt Creek near Roca was at 18.16 feet. Flood stage is 19 feet. As last night's heavy rainfall begins swelling creeks downstream in Lincoln, streets and low-lying neighborhoods are at an increased risk of flooding.

The National Weather Service extended its Flash Flood Watch for Lancaster County through 1 p.m. Wednesday. A revised forecast now predicts another one to three inches of rain where ground is already saturated.

Residents are urged to be aware of changing weather and take safety precautions should the flooding situation worsen.

Real-time updates on the closure of City streets or County roads will continue to be posted at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: closure) and through the Waze mobile app. The Lancaster County Engineer's website at lancaster.ne.gov/engineer also has a complete listing of roads and bridges currently closed in Lancaster County. County residents with road issues are encouraged to contact the Lancaster County Engineer's department at 402-441-7681 for more information or assistance.

Updates on weather conditions and flooding response plans will be posted on the Lincoln - Lancaster County Emergency Management Facebook page. On Twitter, follow @LancasterCoEMA, @CityofLincoln and

@LancCoEng.


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