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With storm coming, another round of flooding could follow

Posted at 10:18 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 23:18:22-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Snow and rain are hitting Nebraska.

"We're going to have to ask for folks to just pay attention to the weather, not only for the storm but potentially flooding afterwards,” says Governor Pete Ricketts.

Just weeks after historic flooding swept across the state, some folks that were already hit could take in water yet again.

"Probably of more immediate concern is the rainfall,” says Dave Pearson, hydrologist with the National Weather Service.

Pearson’s less concerned about snow, instead is focusing on the half inch to an inch of possible rain.

While the levels at the Elkhorn and the Platte River are expected to rise a little bit, the real concern is at the Missouri River, with the water levels still above flood stage.

"You have levees along the river that are still breached, they're not fixed yet and so a lot of the protection measures that are in place usually, aren't there, so it won't take as much to cause significant flooding,” says Pearson.

Out in Plattsmouth, it still looks like a disaster zone with some folks still unable to grab their stuff. With more possible flooding coming, it could be awhile until things get back to normal.

So with the Missouri River high, levees breached and ground saturated, flooding could be a theme, even into the summer.

"I'm concerned all the way through June, we could see this flooding, up and down scenarios just keep coming at us,” says Pearson.