Elkhorn River Water Level High, River Safety Tips

NORFOLK – Region 11 Emergency Management wants people to be aware that the Elkhorn River has a high-water level. This is due to the large amounts of rain coming from Central Nebraska. There have been multiple accidents recently around the Elkhorn River. The river is moving faster than normal, so here are seven tips to stay safe:

  1. Always wear an approved personal flotation device or life jacket when doing any activity in the water.
  2. Know your ability and your limits, and choose the appropriate location for your level of experience.
  3. Always try to have a partner when partaking in water related activities. If you go solo, make sure that someone knows where you are going.
  4. Avoid drinking alcohol when you have plans to be in the water. Alcohol can slow reaction times, which could alter the outcome of an accident significantly.
  5. Dress for the conditions – anticipate cool water temperatures which could lead to hypothermia.
  6. Take plenty of water with you on your adventure.
  7. Wear proper protective foot ware. The flood waters washed trash and debris along the river banks and in the river bed. Watch out for barbed wire, large tree limbs, and other unknown substances lodged underwater.


Quickly flowing water can also cause issues with exiting the river. Sometimes people can miss their designated exit point because of swiftly moving water.

For more information, contact Shane Weidner, Public Safety Director at 402-844-2010, or email him at sweidner@norfolkne.gov. Region 11 Emergency Management is made up of Antelope, Madison, and Pierce counties along with the city of Norfolk.