NEBRASKA CITY – Flooding may make the annual Brownville Flea Market harder to get to, but vendors setting up today say it’s worth the detour.
The Missouri River bridge to the east has been closed since March and local rain temporarily closed a Highway 136 bridge to the west.
Emergency Management Director Renee Critser said the highway bridge re-opened Saturday morning, when hundreds of flea market vendors will crowd the Brownville Main Street.
Wyman Mather of Weeping Water has been a regular vendor at the flea market the past 15 years said this spring’s flooding will have a dramatic impact on the event, but not its charm.
Mather: “You’re going to meet a lot of nice people. A lot of nice people. Not just the vendors but anyone who wants to stop and visit. I’ve never met somebody that wasn’t willing to talk if you’re friendly. You know, whatever is on your mind.”
He said it’s especially a good spot to be, if bargains on your mind.
The closing of Highway 136 twice in one year is unusual for Nemaha County, but Critser said as long as the ground is saturated, rainfall will quickly run off. Isolated thunderstorms are forecast Friday and Saturday, but the flash flood watch on Friday was set to expire in the morning.