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Seward in Seward County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Big Blue River, Seward

March 14, 2019

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2021
1. Big Blue River, Seward Marker
Inscription.  
On this day, a "bomb cyclone" dropped up to 4 inches of rain on several inches of wet snow on frozen soil. The rapidly melting snow caused flooding on the Big Blue River and Plum Creek. Traffic on Highway 34 west of town was closed, flood water washed out parts of the bridge on the south end of Second Street, and city officials were closely monitoring conditions of the levee south of town. In 1990, to prevent future damages from flooding, several properties, once located in this floodplain were purchased by the city and FEMA.

Silver Jackets brings together federal, state, and local agencies to collaborate in reducing flood risk.
 
Erected by Nebraska Silver Jackets.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is March 14, 2019.
 
Location. 40° 54.167′ N, 97° 5.233′ W. Marker is in Seward, Nebraska, in Seward County. Marker is on McKelvie Road (U.S. 34) 0.1 miles west of Crooked Mile Road, on the left when traveling west. Marker
Big Blue River, Seward Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2021
2. Big Blue River, Seward Marker
(looking north across US Highway 34 • Plumb Creek Bridge visible at far left)
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is mounted at eye-level on a power pole in the pull-out on the south side of the highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seward NE 68434, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Plum Creek Prairie Historic Site (a few steps from this marker); Seward, 4th of July City (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named The Big Blue River (approx. 5.8 miles away); Purple Heart Trail (approx. 5.8 miles away); Tall Grass Prairie (approx. 5.8 miles away); Standing Bear and the Ponca Tribe (approx. 5.8 miles away); Historic Milford (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Beaver Crossing Mill (approx. 13.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seward.
 
Also see . . .  March 13th and 14th, 2019 Bomb Blizzard. National Weather Service website entry:
A record breaking Blizzard developed across portions of Colorado Wyoming and Nebraska on March 13th and 14th 2019. The record setting area of low pressure reached a minimum central pressure of 971 mb across eastern Colorado. This set an all time pressure record for the state. The "Bomb" Cyclone rapidly intensified from the evening of the 12th through the morning of the 13th. This rapid intensification brought extremely strong winds and very strong dynamic lift which generated extremely heavy snowfall over Wyoming and Nebraska. (Submitted on September 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Marker detail: Welcome to Seward Sign, March 14, 2019 image. Click for more information.
3. Marker detail: Welcome to Seward Sign, March 14, 2019
(looking northwest toward Plumb Creek)

"Seward flooding continues"
Wayne Daily News website entry
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Welcome to Seward Sign, August 12, 2021 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2021
4. Welcome to Seward Sign, August 12, 2021
(looking northwest toward Plumb Creek • compare with same view during flooding on March 14, 2019)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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