Harvey County Commission Chair Chip Westfall signed a local emergency disaster declaration Wednesday, May 22, for flooding throughout the county, the second declaration signed for flooding this month. A previous proclamation was signed May 8 for flooding earlier this month.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Harvey County until Monday at 10:30 p.m.

Roads in Harvey County continue to be hindered by flooding. U.S. Highway 50 was closed Tuesday afternoon, but reopened Friday morning. K-89 into Halstead was also closed Tuesday afternoon, but reopened Saturday.

Fire and EMS jurisdictions in the county used their modified response plan during flood conditions. This plan is previously prepared to allow other departments to help cover areas that may be difficult for the original department to reach due to road conditions, though response times may be affected.


Harvey County West Park and East Park were closed as of Thursday, and will remain closed through Monday, May 27.

For property owners, impacted parts of the property that will not be repaired by Jan. 1, 2020 can contact the appraiser's office to notify the office of the changes.

Floodwaters can be dangerous. The water can be dirty or contain debris. Residents on well water may want to test their water after flooding to verify if it is safe to drink. Test kits are available through the Harvey County Planning, Zoning and Environmental department.

Septic tanks can also run slow or back up during flood, typically caused by a flooded drain field. A potential solution is plugging drains in the basement and reducing water use in the home.

Additional rain was in the forecast throughout the weekend. Harvey County Emergency Management encourages everyone to plan alternate travel routes, prepare supplies in case flood conditions worsen and stay aware of weather conditions.

Continued updates can be found on Harvey County's Facebook and Twitter pages
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