College World Series officials had received a handful of emails by Friday from baseball fans worried about traveling to Omaha because of rising floodwaters.
Joe Menaugh, marketing and event manager for the series, said most of the emails asked about the best driving routes to take, especially now that a portion of Interstate 29 has been closed.
Menaugh said he's been referring people to the Nebraska Department of Roads for updates on travel conditions.
He said he expects to get more emails and calls from fans as the series, which starts June 18, draws nearer.
Eight teams will advance to the CWS after this weekend's NCAA super regionals, scheduled to wrap up by Monday night.
“It's just about the time for fans to make their travel plans,” Menaugh said.
The Missouri River has been above flood stage since May 31. City officials and others have spent the past week dispelling rumors that the series might be moved from downtown Omaha's TD Ameritrade Park because of flooding.
Mayor Jim Suttle's office and Omaha tourism officials say they have not received calls or emails from concerned baseball fans.
Nevertheless, those groups, along with the Downtown Improvement District and others, met this week to discuss ways to address flood concerns.
Information has been posted to the improvement district's website and on omahaflood.org, which is being run by the city and Douglas County Emergency Management officials.
Dennis Poppe, NCAA vice president for football and baseball, said Friday from his office in Indianapolis that he's been in contact with the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, which manages the ballpark, for updates on weather and travel conditions.
Poppe said he hasn't heard from fans or baseball teams about travel concerns. He noted that teams that qualify for the series will fly, not drive, to Omaha.
Eppley Airfield operations have not been disrupted by the swollen river. However, airport officials are taking measures to prepare for the worst.
Menaugh and Poppe both say their groups are planning to keep baseball fans informed of changing travel conditions over the next week. The updates likely will be posted on their websites and via Facebook.
In addition, Menaugh says there are thousands of people on CWS Inc.'s email list.
Poppe said he doesn't want to worry fans, saying it would probably be premature to send out notices right now.
“We won't do that until we know the real issues,” he said. “Mother Nature is what she is. You have to be prepared to do whatever you can.”
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View the fast-moving floodwaters near Blair, Neb., shot by World-Herald Videographer Kyle Benecke. On Friday, it was a newly-planted cornfield, by Saturday morning the Missouri River had taken over.