Blair business, Washington County discuss preparing for looming flood threat


BLAIR, Neb. (WOWT) – With officials on alert for rising waters on the Missouri River, 6 News checked in with Blair.

Staff with the Cottonwood Cove Marina and RV Resort, which is right along the river, said they have been keeping an eye on conditions since Friday, and that the National Weather Service has been doing a good job keeping staff up to date.

Owner Mike Lupardus told 6 News they began having people move their more than 130 RVs to the higher campground Friday, and he expects them to finish that by Sunday. He said that was affecting 300 people.

Lupardus said they were there for the 2019 floods, and that did more than $800,000 in damage.

But he feels that was a different animal from what they’re preparing for now.

“It sounds like our crest here is going to be around Wednesday, so we’ve got some time to continue to make preparations for this high water,” Lupardus said. “It looks like it’s going to be a quick event—an up and down—where ‘19, you know, it lasted months and months.”

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said so far, they’ve only set barricades at the wayside for when they would use them to close off roads in the event of a flood.

6 News also reached out to Washington County Emergency Management. We’ll bring you updates once we hear about their plans.

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