Big Blue River At Blue Rapids To Break 2nd Highest Level Record Thursday

May 12, 2019 photo of the Big Blue River at Blue Rapids/U.S. Highway 77 Bridge. Photo Courtesy of Andy Persell/Facebook

BLUE RAPIDS KAN. – The Big Blue River at Blue Rapids is expected to rise above the second highest level recorded on Thursday evening, according to projections from the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

As of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday the level was recorded at 52.14 feet, just shy of the 2nd highest all-time record of 53.19 feet on October 18, 1973. The river also moved from flood stage to moderate flood stage early this morning. Major flood stage is reached at 68 feet, when water reaches the top of the levee north of Blue Rapids.

The highest recorded level of the river at Blue Rapids was recorded on July 22, 1993 at 63.3 feet.

The Big Blue River at Blue Rapids carries the water from a drainage area of 8, 342 square miles including portions of Kansas and Nebraska.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.