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Rising river levels could effect Applejack visitors

Posted at 9:57 PM, Sep 20, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV — It's been going on for 51 years. Every September, out of towners flock to Nebraska City to pick apples, or do other apple related activities.

"It's a great way to celebrate the change of the season, the fall is here and apples are delicious," says Amy Allgood, executive director of Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce.

But with the rising levels of the Missouri River, some fear roads into town could be closed.

"The main concern would be the Highway 2 bridge, which as you can tell is still partially shut down from flooding earlier this year. This serves as Iowa's entrance into Nebraska City and would really mess things up for travelers, if it were to shutdown.

But that doesn't appear likely.

"We'd have to get a significant amount of rainfall north, the Omaha area or north of that, significant rainfall overnight to effect the river,” says Gregg Goebel, Otoe County Emergency Manager.

Currently the river is cresting at just over 22 feet and would need to get over 24 feet to shutdown the bridge. If the rains come and the bridge, or I-29 shuts down, festival organizers say just go around it.

"(Highway) 75 is a good alternative if something would happen to I-29. I-29 looks really good now and Highway 2 looks good, but 75 will get you in."

With the chance of rain this weekend, Applejack organizers say the festival will go on, rain or shine.