Big Blue River Jumps Banks, in Beatrice

BEATRICE – Relentless rain and runoff over the Labor Day Holiday weekend has pushed the Big Blue River over bank full, in Beatrice.

The north edge of Chautauqua Park began flooding Tuesday morning, as the river reached the flood stage of 18 feet, just after ten a.m.

Beatrice City Street crews blocked off Memorial Drive, just south of the Big Blue River Bridge along West Court Street.

Chautauqua Park and Memorial Drive are the first lowland areas to flood whenever the river reaches near the 18-foot stage.  U.S. Highway 136, or West Court Street, begins to get flood water over the roadway at 23 feet, or five feet above flood stage.

Chautauqua Park Tree Falls Victim to Weather

The latest forecast is for the river in Beatrice to crest at slightly above 19 feet, more than a foot above flood stage.  But, that depends on how much more rain the region receives this week.  Some locations upstream from Beatrice received three to six inches of rain, over the holiday weekend. South of Beatrice into northeast Kansas, rainfall totals exceeded nine inches near Marysville and Manhattan, Kansas.

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