The surge of Colorado floodwater flowing down the Platte River reached Grand Island Wednesday. From that point eastward, it is not expected to cause problems.
James Meyer, meteorologist-in-charge for the weather service office that serves the Omaha-Lincoln areas, said the flooding is diminishing as the drought-parched riverbed and adjacent land soak up the water.
“From Kearney to Grand Island, a lot of water can get soaked into the sand,” he said.
At Grand Island, the weather service is forecasting that the river will crest Friday night at slightly below flood stage.
The floodwater is expected to reach the Missouri River by early next week. The Platte flows into the Missouri at Plattsmouth.