Central Nebraska Hit With Overnight Flooding, Check 511 Before Departing

LINCOLN – For those who plan on traveling through central Nebraska, you may need to alter your route.

According to a release from the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), most of central Nebraska is encountering significant flooding impacting several roadways, including the interstate following overnight storms Monday into Tuesday.

The NDOT is advising motorists this flooding event is rapidly evolving and to expect additional closures as water continues to move through the region.

Plan your travel by checking 511 prior to leaving for your destination. Nebraska’s Advanced Information System, 511, provides the most up to date travel conditions available. The system is available at all times via phone by, online at www.511.nebraska.gov, Nebraska 511’s smartphone app or by dialing 511.

Again, this is a rapidly evolving event and remember, just a few inches of water can impact your vehicle’s ability to navigate, cause it to stall or even float. Should you encounter water over a roadway, never drive through it. Turn around – don’t drown.

Motorists are reminded to make sure everyone in their vehicle wears a seat belt and children are in a car safety seat. Never use cruise control in wet weather.

Also, the NSP Highway Helpline is available 24 hours per day for motorists in
need of assistance. Drivers can reach NSP by dialing *55 from any cell phone or call 911
for any emergency.