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Nebraska Panhandle flooding spurs travel warnings

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2014 at 11:38 am •  Published: March 7, 2014

KIMBALL, Neb. (AP) — Local flooding and washed-out roads have prompted travel warnings from officials in Kimball County and other parts of the Nebraska Panhandle.

Kimble County highway superintendent Dave Hottell blamed the mess on runoff from melting snow in his county and adjacent parts of Wyoming.

"Most of the roads are a mess," Hottell said. "Roughly half of them are washed out and the other half are not in good shape."

Some stretches of U.S. Highway 30 have been closed as well. Two teenage girls were rescued Wednesday afternoon from the top of a vehicle that had stalled while trying to cross a water-covered road near Bushnell.

County workers have been keeping an eye on rural bridges as streams rise. Lodgepole Creek, which had been dry in recent years, has overflowed with runoff from Wyoming and a large snowfall in the area on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 — a total of about 16 inches over the two days.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a Lodgepole Creek gauge earlier this week recorded its highest flows in more than 30 years.

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