Sunday, June 17, 2018
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Water, water everywhere

PRELIMINARY RECORD: As the Platte River rolled out of its banks, preliminary figures show that it crested Monday afternoon at 10.7 feet, according to meteorologist Bill Taylor of the National Weather Service in North Platte. Taylor said the crest shattered an old record of 9.6 feet set in May of 1973. Pictured is the home of Kathy and Dennis Conley south of the river on East Island Road. The road to the Conley home is underwater. River water spread south as far as I-80 and beyond with some seepage into back yards along the river on the south side of town. A handful of residents along the river were evacuated. The river had started to recede slowly when measured at 10.4 feet Tuesday morning. Taylor said the Platte will continue to drop but likely remain elevated into early next week.