The North Platte River is on the rise as higher rainfall and snowmelt this spring has led to less storage capacity in upstream reservoirs on the North Platte River. Any additional rainfall is forecasted to be pushed downstream where river stages are expected to rise into the weekend across Garden county. The river gauges impacted include the Lisco and Lewellen gauge sites. Latest information on these river points and forecasts can be accessed at the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services website.
The prolonged drought created low flows where the river channel had sand buildup and increased vegetation over several years. The initial push of water downstream will see a negative effect due to the sand buildup and vegetation limiting flows downstream. As the increased river flow scours out the channel higher flows can be anticipated with the river stages seeing less flucuations beyond this weekend. Until the channel scouring does occur people living near and along the North Platte River, upstream from Lake McConaughy, should anticipate the river approaching and possibly exceeding flood stages set at Lisco and Lewellen. At Lisco the flood stage is 4.0 feet and at Lewellen the flood stage is 7.5 feet. Click on the image below to visit the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center for the latest river data available.