Western Nebraska Cleaning Up After South Platte Flooding

floodwaterWestern Nebraska residents are cleaning up after record flooding on the South Platte River now that the water is receding.

The river overflowed earlier this month after the rainwater that inundated parts of Colorado flowed into Nebraska.

Hershey residents built sandbag walls all along the river to protect the town from flooding. Volunteers came out Saturday to help remove the sandbags now that the threat is gone.

Village Clerk LeAnn Ellis says it’s going to take a while to get everything back to normal, but Saturday’s cleanup will help.

The volunteers were joined by inmates from the Lincoln County Detention Center who have been helping throughout the flood fight over the past two weeks.

City of North Platte employees will begin picking up sandbags around the city on Monday.  Officials are asking residents to help by placing the sandbags upright on the curbs.