SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — The North Platte River could reach record levels in the Panhandle this week, officials said Monday.

The National Weather Service and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources have issued flood warnings for the Panhandle, Region 22 Emergency Management Director Tim Newman said.

Newman said both the Gray Rocks and Glendo Reservoir are releasing water because of heavy and prolonged rains. Normal streamflow at the Henry gauge is currently under 2,000 cubic feet per second, but 5,000 to 6,000 cfs are forecast by today.

A flood warning is in effect at Henry, in Scotts Bluff County, starting Tuesday evening. Water levels are forecast to rise above flood stage by late Tuesday evening and continue to rise to near 6.2 feet by Thursday evening.

Near Mitchell, the forecast is that the river will rise above flood stage Tuesday evening and continue to rise to near 10.2 feet by Thursday evening.

The river is expected to exceed flood stage near Minatare Wednesday evening and continue to rise to near 8.1 feet by Thursday evening.

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