As floodwaters continued to hit the state on Friday, communities north and northwest of the Omaha metro area were hit with more damage.
Flooding has already been blamed for at least one death and two people are believed to be Missing as of Friday afternoon. About two boxes have been reported, including two first responders.
Homes are underwater and roads impassable. People displaced by the waters have taken shelter in hospitals, schools and other community buildings.
Residents across the region were evacuated as survivors overflow their banks.
Full or partial evacuations had taken place in at least 31
Columbus (the state's 10th largest city) had only a blacktop road to get in or out. And after Douglas County said Q Street was closed, that left Valley (home of the Valmont plant, evacuated as a precaution) inaccessible by road. In one hopeful sign, an evacuation order was lifted into the largest Norfolk, allowing residents to return to their homes and businesses.
Rita was one of many residents at a Valley assisted living center who was preparing to evacuate.
The 84-year-old had survived two prior floods in Valley, but was not sticking around for the third. "I hate 'em," she said. "It's horrible."
Gov. Pete Ricketts is the flooding of the worst in 50 years.
Nebraska is probably a couple of days away from the river that will allow people to breathe easy, said David Pearson, National Weather Service hydrologist.
Even though the Elkhorn River was cresting Friday and was beginning to drop, and even though the Plate appeared to be crushing, there was no let-up in the danger, he said.
"The situation remains dangerous and it will remain that way until we see a significant drop, ”he said. This is like going from extreme to normal extreme. ”
There is room for a sliver of optimism, though, and that is a decline in the amount of ice in the Platte. "It's much better," he said.
As the plane dumps massive amounts of water into the Missouri River, it has pushed that river to record levels.
"Levees are overtopping, that's already happening," he said. over top The condition is only going to get worse. ”
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Water overtopping levies near Ashland draws evacuation calls
Communities north of Ashland were encouraged to evacuate Friday night after water began overtopping levies, though there was no immediate threat.
The Ashland Fire Department reported that water was spilling over levies near the communities of Wann and Big Sandy
"We are issuing a 'highly advisable' evacuation to these areas to be proactive," the department wrote on Facebook.
As of midnight Friday, crews had stopped monitoring water levels to rest
Rescues include adults, children , dogs, cats, birds, hamsters and a rabbit
Douglas County tweeted some good news Friday: "Here are today's rescue numbers as of 9:40 pm The numbers are: 112 adults, five children, 53 dogs, five cats, one rabbit, two birds and two hamsters
Red Cross help available
The American Red Cross is working with 10 shelters in Nebraska and southwest Iowa to help those displaced from their homes because of flooding.
Salem United Methodist Church, 14955 Somerset Ave. Council Bluffs, Calgary Baptist Church in Glenwood, Iowa, Rand Community Center in Missouri Valley, Iowa; East Central District Health Department and Columbus Federated Church, both in Columbus, Nebraska; Elkhorn Middle School in Elkhorn; First Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church, both in Fremont; Pierce High School in Pierce, Nebraska; and Wood River High School in Wood River, Nebraska.
The Red Cross advises to bring essentials, including prescriptions and emergency medications; oods for unusual dietary requirements; identification showing residency in an affected area and important personal documents; extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and comfort items; supplies needed for infants and children, such as diapers, formula and toys; and animals for elderly or disabled.
Several animals at Bellevue's Gifford Farm were unaccounted for Friday afternoon after floodwaters over the outdoor educational center east of Fontenelle Forest. The animals' deaths have not been confirmed, according to Kelly Taylor, the office manager of the farm – some employees are hoping the animals found higher ground or went into the nearby forest – but it's possible they perished in the waters.
Rapidly rising levels Friday was of concern across Sarpy County, which was declared to be in a state of emergency Wednesday. The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office urged residents of the Missouri and Platte Rivers to evacuate their homes. The evacuation zone included about 2,600 people.
Cass County lake community asked to evacuate
Residents living around Lake Waconda, privately-owned lake immediately adjacent to the Missouri River near Union, Nebraska, have been asked to evacuate, said Sandy Weyers, director of emergency management for Cass County
Flooding closes Ashland military training base
Offutt's lone runway has been closed until 1 pm Tuesday, according to a notice issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition, for the second time in four years, the Guard's Camp Ashland, on the banks of the Platte River east of Ashland, has been swamped by floodwaters.
Flood emergency declared for western Douglas County; residents, weather service evacuate
The National Weather Service issued the alert mid-morning Friday and called for people to evacuate the area immediately, saying flash flooding is imminent.
The National Weather Service Office in Valley, which has been providing critical information on the evolving flood situation itself was evacuating. The weather service office in Hastings, Nebraska, has taken over.
Officials suspect that there is an ice jam somewhere that has backed up the river, said weather service meteorologist Taylor Nicolaisen.
Increases Friday morning put the river level at 21.55 feet. Major flood stage is considered to be 21 feet. The river level was expected to hit 24 feet later in the day.
Stothert signs disaster declaration; Wastewater plant closed
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said Friday she had signed a local declaration because of damage from severe flooding, high winds and rains since March 11 in heaps or accessing emergency funds "from all available sources."
Flooding the city of Omaha was also close to the Papillion Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday morning.
While the plant is shut down, wastewater will go into the river without being treated. On average, the plant treats 65 million gallons or wash water each day.
People should avoid going into the Missouri River near and downstream from the Papillion Creek.
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