CREATED Sep. 23, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Floodwaters have surged to record heights in western Nebraska over the past few days, but the damage could have been worse if some of the water hadn't been diverted out of the rivers.
The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources worked with a half dozen irrigation districts along the South Platte, North Platte and Platte rivers to divert water once it became clear the river would flood.
The department's Jesse Bradley says it's not immediately clear how much water was diverted, but officials were doing everything they could to limit flooding.
The irrigation districts opened up canals along the river for floodwaters. That water will soak into the ground and help recharge the underground aquifer.
The water will continue to flow into those canals for a couple weeks.
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