Pierce is preparing for what could be a record-breaking crest on the north fork of the Elkhorn River. The previous record was 15 feet set back in 1971, but the National Weather Service (NWS) says by Thursday the river could rise to just under 18 feet.
The emergency management headquarters of the area is located in Norfolk. They’ve worked with the Pierce Fire Department to figure out which areas could be hurt the most and preparing to act if flooding happens.
“We went and looked around Antelope, Madison, and Pierce Counties,” said Emergency Management Director Bobbi Risor. “[We] checked out the different roads and the threats of flooding, to see some of those areas where the Pierce Fire Chief directed me to and appraising those. There’s not a lot we can do to prevent [the flooding], we just handle it as it comes.”
Risor’s concern is making sure everyone in flooding areas acts to keep themselves safe.
“Citizens shouldn’t be driving through [water] covered roads,” she said. “They could be way deeper than you think. It doesn’t take much to float a car. So if you come across a road that’s covered in water, turn around and pick a different route.”
Risor also told KCAU9 that if the river rises as high as the weather service predicts, some people in pierce may have to evacuate their homes. But all anyone can do now is wait and see.