Colorado floodwaters flow into Nebraska

BIG SPRINGS, Neb. (AP) _ The South Platte River is starting to overflow in Western Nebraska as Colorado floodwaters flow into the state.

Officials say the river rose to a record level of 10.46 feet Wednesday morning at Julesburg, Colo., near the Colorado-Nebraska border.

Some flooding was reported near Big Springs early Wednesday.

Flooding is expected along the South Platte that runs parallel to Interstates 76 and 80 in Western Nebraska.

Most of the land at risk is rural with few homes, but floodwaters could affect Union Pacific. Later this week some flooding is expected in Maxwell, North Platte and Brady.

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Jodie Fawl says this flood has been difficult to predict because of broken gauges in Colorado. The forecast should become clearer Wednesday as the water is measured in Nebraska.

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