This year we are experiencing high flows and large amounts of ice on the Platte River.  The Central Platte NRD has received reports that there are flood waters beginning to rise near the Paradise Lake area at the Hwy 34 Platte River bridge, on the Hamilton County Side.   These waters may threaten houses and access in an out of the area. 


Central Platte NRD hopes to aid in public awareness by providing the following information:
--Flood waters can be deep. Whenever there are rushing floodwaters, roads and bridges can be washed away quickly making it nearly impossible to tell how deep the water is. Although it may look shallow, do not drive into flooded, potentially washed out areas. People have been trapped in their vehicles or have drowned when trying to cross moving flood waters. A good phrase to remember is: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
--It pays to be prepared. Build A Kit: Assemble enough emergency supplies for at least 3 days including:
• Water/Food: 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days; for drinking and sanitizing food.  Have at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food and can opener.
• Radio: Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
• Emergency Items: flashlight, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, wrench/pliers to turn off utilities, cell phone and charger, inverter, or solar charger; extra batteries for all emergency items.
Family Planning: Discuss where to meet and a friend to call if you get separated. Make- an evacuation plan and practice it, a list of important information. Share emergency phone numbers with all family members.
Be Informed: Learn about types of emergencies most likely to affect your community and adapt them to your personal circumstances. Make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities.
  (Preparedness steps from the Nebraska Silver Jackets website & the FEMA website)
In an emergency, contact 911. 

Hamilton County Emergency Manager:  Kirt Smith  Phone: (402) 694-5126    Email: hcems@hamilton.net     

Hall County Emergency Manager: Jon Rosenlund  Phone: (308) 385-5360

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