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Ice jam flooding closes Nebraska 15 south of Schuyler
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Ice jam flooding closes Nebraska 15 south of Schuyler

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Flooding from ice jams on the Platte River forced officials to close Nebraska 15 south of Schuyler on Friday morning.

The National Weather Service said in a tweet that state highway crews closed the road about 6:45 a.m. after water from the river flowed over it.

A wide area, covering several counties north of Lincoln, is in a flood watch because of the threat that water levels will rise in the Platte, Loup and Elkhorn rivers because of melting snow and ice breakups caused by warmer temperatures.

There also are two smaller areas along the Platte River under flood warnings: a section of northern Butler County and southern Colfax County southwest of Schuyler, which goes until noon Saturday, and low-lying areas of Dodge and Saunders counties, which goes until noon Monday.

The ice jam near Schuyler prompted residents of Lake Socorro to consider evacuating. Roads in the area flooded, but no homes were impacted, emergency officials said. 

Highway 15 flooding

A sign warns of water over Highway 15.

Spring flood risk low in most of eastern Nebraska
Flood risk remains a concern along eastern Missouri River
Ice jam flooding

Looking south on County Road 9 and County Road B in Colfax County on Friday.



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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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