County Declares Flood Disaster At Rulo

FALLS CITY – Richardson County Commissioners declared on Tuesday a flood disaster for the  Village of Rulo.

The village experienced two, top 12 historic crests of the Missouri  River in 2018 and had 95 days over the minor flood stage.

An Oct. 10 crest of 24.1 feet is considered the highest ever for October and the seventh highest on record.

Emergency Management Director Brian Kirkendall  said the village has $14,000 in recovery expenses.

Kirkendall: “During the three to four times there was water up over their roads and up over the parking lot by the boat dock, what happens is the silt comes in and it covers up their existing gravel and it also fills in their ditches.”

Kirkendall said the village is likely to pay at least $1,500 and may ask the county for recovery funds that are not paid by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

Flooded areas include about a quarter mile of roadway from old camp Rulo north to a housing area and the boat dock parking lot.

Six of the highest river levels ever at  Rulo have been recorded since the year 2000. Rulo experienced second highest river level for July this year at 22.8 feet, nearly six feet above flood stage.

River stages

June 8   18’

July 3     22.8

Aug. 21 20.9

Sept. 5  21.1

Oct. 10  24.1

Dec. 1    19.3

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