Lower Platte River Ice Conditions Update



With record-cold temperatures and a warming trend underway, The National Weather Service Omaha, Papio NRD, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), United States Geologic Survey, and other agency partners, have been actively monitoring river ice conditions and coordinating a response for ice jams and potential spring flooding along the Platte River.

We will be providing updates to the media to help keep the public informed of the latest river conditions and temperature forecasts.


Ice Jam/Potential Flooding Updates:

  • There is an ongoing ice jam at Fremont located at the Highway 77 bridge and continues upstream 2-3 miles. The water levels have subsided since the ice jam formed on January 29th. For current flood advisory details visit: weather.gov/omaha
  • The Papio NRD took ice thickness measurements at the Platte River (Highway 64/Valley). The ice measured 15 inches thick, which could signify an increased potential for ice jams
  • A warming trend is underway, but doesn’t accelerate until the first week of March
  • Until then, average temperatures are near-to-above freezing, allowing gradual melting to begin
  • How fast the temperatures warm up in the coming weeks is what is being closely monitored
  • All involved agencies continue to monitor the river ice conditions and weather forecasts

Helpful Online Resources

 Below is a list of resources to help keep the public informed on the status of river conditions, weather forecasts regarding the potential threat of flooding, and ice monitoring for ice jams.

National Weather Service

For information regarding river levels, reservoir data and snow pack information on the Lower Platte and Missouri rivers, as well as weather forecasting:


Media Inquiries

 For media inquiries regarding river conditions and weather forecasts, please contact:

National Weather Service Omaha
David Pearson, Service Hydrologist, at 402-359-5732 or david.pearson@noaa.gov

For media inquiries regarding ice thickness measurements and the potential for ice blasting, please contact:

The Papio NRD
Jennifer Stauss Story, Public Relations/Education Programs Manager at 402-960-5329 or jstauss@papionrd.org



Virtual Public Meeting for Papillion Creek Basin Draft Final Feasibility Report


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the Papio Missouri River Natural Resources District, will hold a virtual public meeting to present results of the draft final feasibility report for the Papillion Creek General Re-evaluation study. The purpose of the study is to develop alternatives to reduce flood risks and improve public safety within the Papillion Creek Basin in Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties.


Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m.


The virtual public meeting can be accessed at: https://usace1.webex.com/meet/rachel.c.shrader. For best audio results, after opening WebEx, select the “Call Me” option, enter your phone number and then click the “Join Meeting” button. The system will call you and ask you to enter “1” to join the meeting. For those who cannot log on to the WebEx, a dial-in only option exists (844-800- 2712 Access code: 199 133 0340).


The purpose of this virtual meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to review results of the Papillion Creek General Re-evaluation study report before it is submitted to Lieutenant General Scott Spellmon, USACE Chief of Engineers, for consideration,” said Rachel Williams, project manager with the Corps. If approved by General Spellmon, the project would be recommended to Congress for approval and funding in the next Water Resources Development Act.

The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is federal legislation, traditionally passed every two years, that provides authorization for USACE to study and construct flood control, ecosystem restoration and navigation projects for the benefit of the Nation. The last WRDA bill to pass was in 2020.


The draft final feasibility report, including environmental assessment and report appendices, can be downloaded from https://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Planning/Planning-Projects/Papillion-GRR/.

Up-to-date meeting details are available on the project website or by calling Amanda Grint with the Papio Missouri River NRD at (402) 444-6222.