The sound of ice cracking along the Elkhorn River can be heard every couple of minutes, indicating improvement Sunday morning with the ice jam in Antelope County.
Although the Elkhorn River is going down west of Neligh, flooding in low lying areas has increased overnight, according to .Antelope County Road Boss Casey Dittrich. He measured the river around 8:45 a.m. Sunday on the 519 Road bridge south of the Royal Road and said the river has went down about 4 inches. However, low areas to the north and south of the bridge have increased in flood water overnight, and the road remains closed to traffic.
The jam is located about a quarter to half mile east of the 519 Road bridge between Clearwater and Neligh. The road south of the bridge is iced over and river water has backed up on the Koinzan Ranch, Dittrich said. Commissioner Charlie Henery also was on hand Sunday morning accessing the situation.
At this time, the flooding appears to be limited to a one-mile radius of the 519 Road bridge and has not impacted any homes. Further on the river, the water is open under the Old Mill Bridge through Neligh.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flew the river earlier on Sunday for an aerial evaluation of the situation, which remains under flood warning for the area.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are not expected to remain below freezing until Wednesday, when the high is 38 degrees with sunny conditions.
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