KEARNEY, Neb. — Brenda Medina's bags are packed in case she needs to flee her home along the Platte River east of Kearney.
The river is about 100 yards south of her house, and it's the peacefulness of the past 23 years that has kept Medina and her husband, Ben, in the area.
“If God chooses for me to go, there isn't a damn thing I can do about it, is there?” she said.
Her neighbor Bob Schutte isn't as concerned about potential flooding, but he took Tuesday off work to get some of his belongings to higher ground in anticipation of the river cresting. His and wife Lisa's house sits 125 to 150 yards north of the Platte River.
The river was just under 5 feet at the Kearney bridge Wednesday morning and had been expected to reach the 6-foot flood stage by afternoon. A crest of 6.9 feet was forecast by the National Weather Service by this morning.
Meanwhile upstream, the river at Overton measured 8 feet Wednesday morning, which was a foot higher than flood stage.
The Platte had dropped to 7.1 feet at Cozad, after cresting Tuesday at 7.39 feet. Flood stage there is 6.5 feet.
The flood crest could arrive at Shelton by late Thursday.