HALL COUNTY — Fueled by torrential rainfall in northeastern Colorado, the virtually bone dry Platte River was on the rise Friday along South Alda Road near Alda, pushing the limits along the banks and brush in the process.
By noon Friday, the water level had climbed to 6.5 feet in Grand Island according to numbers posted on the National Weather Service Web site. Cresting is expected to peak just below flood stage today.
At one popular crane viewing spot on Alda Road, passers-by stopped along the bridge to gaze at the rushing waters. Still others pulled off to get an eyeful a bit closer to the river's edge.
Lynette Gomez of Doniphan was entertaining family in town for the funeral of her sister and decided to bring them by to see the rising river. With the exception of Gomez, all 14 of the visitors are former Nebraskans now living in San Angelo, Texas.
"It's been a long time since it's been this deep," Gomez said as she stared out on the fast-moving waters.