Crawford, NE - Severe weather over the past several days near Crawford has resulted in deteriorating road conditions and raised concerns regarding public safety. Weather forecasts are also projecting continued rainfall through this week. As a result, the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center will be closed this upcoming weekend, May 29 – June 1, 2015.
Jacquelyn Dumin, Acting Site Director said, “Our primary concern is public safety. We would rather the public visit under better conditions than have the potential for a poor experience.”
If the public chooses to venture out onto the Nebraska National Forests or Oglala National Grassland this weekend, please adhere to the following safety precautions:
• Do not try to cross a flowing stream on foot. You can be pushed over by flowing water only six inches deep! Do not drive through flooded areas. Floodwater can wash a vehicle from the roadway and the road under the water may no longer be intact. If you are driving, watch for flooded bridges and low areas in the road.
• NEVER drive through water if you don’t know how deep it is. Your vehicle can be swept away by flowing water only a foot or two deep. Be especially cautious at night when floodwaters are difficult to see.
• If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Rising floodwater may engulf and sweep it away.
• Parents are urged to pay close attention to children. Do not allow children to play near creeks.
Engineers with the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands (NNFG) will take this opportunity to assess and repair several ongoing maintenance issues at the Center. Road and weather conditions will be reassessed early next week in order to determine if further closure is necessary.
The Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center is located approximately 18 miles northwest of Crawford, NE, via Highway 71 and is well signed. For more information, call Ms. Dumin at (308) 432-0300.