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South Platte floods Brule elevator

Flooding from the South Platte River is halting corn harvest at Farmers Coop at Brule. Employees there have sandbagged preparing for high water coming from the south, but instead the water is coming from west near the rail road tracks.

General Manager Tim Jimenez says it is filling the berm on the east side full of water. Jimenez says on the west side two empty bulk fuel tanks have tipped over and the elevator is unusable until the water recedes.

Jimenez says they actually have deeper water at their elevator than in the river. He estimates the water is 10 foot deep. Jimenez says in talking with the local emergency management director the water in the South Platte River is dropping, but the water around their facility has remained static.

Once conditions improve, he says they will begin clean up efforts of pumping out water and checking their tanks and facility, but it is still unknown how long it will take for the water from Colorado to move through the area.

The flooding has forced the closure of the Interstate 80 exit into Big Springs and a truck stop.

Officials said the South Platte was extremely full at Ogallala Thursday morning, but hadn't yet overflowed.



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