Flooding was widespread Wednesday, March 13, along the Beaver River and the Cedar River in Boone County. Highways were impassable due to flood waters at times.
Rapid melting of snow, coupled with varying rainfall amounts, triggered the flooding.
The Cedar River had experienced ice jams earlier this spring and was out of its banks early on Wednesday. Some low lying portions of Cedar Rapids were evacuated.
The Rae Creek flooded over Highway 14 near Loretto and Petersburg.
The Beaver River flooded over both Highway 14 near Albion and Highway 39-56 west of St. Edward. A low-lying section of Highway 39-56, west of the Beaver River bridge, at the west edge of St. Edward, was closed to traffic by about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Downtown St. Edward flooded, and St. Edward Fire & Rescue was sandbagging business storefronts in the downtown area. Traffic was rerouted around two blocks of Beaver Street.
Several streets in Albion were closed due to flood waters.
Across Nebraska, the Department of Transportation (NDOT) was advising motorists that this flooding event is rapidly evolving and will
continue to change throughout the rest of the week.
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