Media Advisory: USGS Measures Record Flooding Across Nebraska

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Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they measure flood impacts? Please contact Marisa Lubeck or Jason Lambrecht to coordinate.

U.S. Geological Survey field crews continue to respond to record flooding throughout Nebraska. Flows are receding, but several USGS gages remain in minor to moderate flood stage.

USGS crews have been out during the deluge. Today, USGS teams will measure high-water mark sites where flows were most substantial to better understand what water levels and flows might have been. They will also be installing rapid response or replacement gages at sites that were destroyed during the flood.

View current Nebraska water conditions here.

As spring weather events begin, the USGS will continue taking flood measurements that are critical for resource managers and emergency responders to help protect life and property. These data are used by the National Weather Service to develop flood forecasts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to manage flood control, county flood control districts and other local agencies in their flood response activities. 

For more than 125 years, the USGS has monitored flow in selected streams and rivers across the United States. The information is routinely used for water supply and management, monitoring floods and droughts, bridge and road design, determination of flood risk and for many recreational activities.

Access current flood and high flow conditions across the country by visiting the USGS WaterWatch website. Receive instant, customized updates about water conditions in your area via text message or email by signing up for USGS WaterAlert. View water data on your mobile device.