Drought Causing Platte River To Become Dry
Residents, Business Owners Noticing Shocking Change
Springfield, NE - Portions of the Platte River are becoming bone dry because of the intense heat and ongoing drought; an unwelcoming shock to businesses who rely on the water to thrive.
"Most of the plants that we planted this Summer are gone," said Linoma Beach Bar Owner Brook Dill.
Dill, like others in the Gretna area, is keeping a close eye on what's happening around him as he tries to keep his customer base in tact.
"Once we get some rain, then I'll at least get another foot of water in here and get some people out here."
In Springfield, Heron Bay Restaurant Owner Steve Smith shares the same story.
"This is the lowest I've seen the river in maybe two years."
Smith has noticed the air boats that frequent his business just don't come like they used to.
"I've seen a decrease in traffic in the last three weeks," said Smith.
It's a sign things are getting dire along the river. Even worse, businesses tell KMTV Action 3 News the intense heat combined with lower water levels are increasing fish kill or dead fish washing ashore.