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August 18, 2017

Recent storms in north-central and northeast Nebraska have caused high flows in several rivers, streams and creeks. 

Due to heavy recent rainfalls across portions of Nebraska, many USGS streamgages in the northcentral and northeast part of the state are experiencing high flows. These affected areas have been suffering moderate to severe drought conditions over the past several weeks. The map of Nebraska Current Water Conditions shown below is part of our new web site. Information about current drought conditions across the U.S. are available from the United States Drought Monitor web site.

Screen shot of current water conditions and drought conditions for Nebraska, August 17, 2017
High flows are shown on the map with black and blue dots. Latest drought conditions released just prior to these storms are shown on the small map on the right (public domain).

Several Nebraska streamgages are monitoring the highest flows in the past 5-10 years. In the past two days, USGS technicians have made 30 measurements at 23 streamgages in nine different river basins in Nebraska to verify the peak flows and water levels. The peak at the USGS gaging station at Clear Creek was the second highest peak in Clear Creek's 21 years of streamgage history, 2nd to the peak of 1999.

Hydrographs from August 17, 2017 high flows in Nebraska
Hydrographs from USGS gaging stations on August 17, 2017 (public domain).

 Current streamflow conditions for Nebraska, including hydrographs like those above, are available from the USGS National Water Information System (NWISweb).

USGS gaging station 06784000, South Loup River at Michael, Nebr., during August 2017 high flows
USGS gaging station 06784000, South Loup River at Saint Michael, Nebr., during August 2017 high flows.(Credit: Renee Bowers-Bernt, USGS. Public domain.)

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