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Nebraska, Iowa communities have been damaged by harmful flood damage. Here's what you need to know Saturday | Nebraska

As the floods continued to wipe out parts of the state on Friday, the communities in the north and northwest of the Omaha metro area were hit with more damage.

Flooding has been blamed for at least one death and two people are believed to be missing as Friday afternoon. About a dozen injuries have been reported, including two first responders.

Houses are under water and there is no road.

Residents throughout the region have been evacuated as levees breaks or rivers overflowing with their banks.

Full or partial evacuation has taken place at least 31

Nebraska communities, including Cedar Rapids, Beemer, Plattsmouth, Valley and West Point.

Columbus (the 10th largest state city) has only one blacktop road to enter or leave. And then Douglas County said that Q Street was closed, leaving Valley (the Valmont plant home, being evacuated as a precaution) that could not reach the road. On an unexpected sign, an evacuation order is raised in the eighth largest Norfolk, allowing residents to return to their homes and businesses.

Rita Argintean is one of many residents in an assisted living center Valley who is preparing to leave.

84-year-old survived the first two floods in the Valley, but did not stay around for the third. "I hate & # 39; em," he said. "It's terrible."

Gov. Pete Ricketts said flooding was the worst in 50 years.

Eastern Nebraska is probably a few days away from river levels that will allow people to breathe easily, said David Pearson, National Weather Service hydrologist.

Even Elkhorn The river was hungry on Friday and started to fall, and even though the Platte appeared to sink, there was no risk, he said.

"The situation remains dangerous and it will remain until we see a significant drop," he said. "It's not like a river dropping in a normal flood, it's like going from extreme to over-normal."

However, there is a gap for an impulse of goodwill and it is a decline in the amount of ice in Platte. "It's better," he said.

While Platte throws huge water on the Missouri River, it pushes the river to record levels.

"The Levees are so built, that's all right," he said. "It's not a question of whether they go to Above, the situation is getting worse."

To view the current flood conditions, click here To view raw videos and photos of a huge flood in around the state, click here.

Ashland calls for evacuation calls

Ashland's northern communities are encouraged to evacuate on Friday night after water began overtopping levies, even without immediate threats.

The Department of Forest Fire reveals the water flowing in levies near the communities of Wann and Big Sandy.

"We provide a & # 39; high-end advice & # 39; leaving these areas to be prompt," the department wrote on Facebook.

Water levels in nearby Thomas Lakes have changed throughout

Access to communities remains open late Friday.

Until midnight Friday, the crew stopped monitoring water levels to rest.

Rescuers include the elderly, children, dogs, cats, birds, hamsters and a rabbit

Douglas County tweeted some good news Friday: "Here are the rescue numbers today at 9:40 pm The numbers are coming and we can not thank our Unified Command and the first responders enough for their incredible efforts. "

The numbers: 112 adults, five children, 53 dogs, five cats , a rabbit, two birds and two

Red Cross help available

The American Red Cross works in 10 shelters in Nebraska and in southwest Iowa to help those who have lost their homes due to 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 Department of Health 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.

Red Cross advises evacuees to bring essentials, including prescriptions and emergency medicine; oods for extraordinary food needs; identity showing residency in an affected area and important personal documents; extra clothes, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and comfortable items; supplies needed for infants and children, such as diapers, formulas and toys; and essentials for adults or disabled.

Gifford Farm animals possibly flood victims

Some animals at Bellevue's Gifford Farm were not identified on Friday afternoon after the outdoor educational center east of the water Fontenelle Forest. The death of animals has not been confirmed, according to Kelly Taylor, overseer of the farm office – some employees expect that animals are found higher ground or deeper in the nearby forest – but it is possible that they are gone in the water.

The rapid rise of river levels Friday is concerned with Sarpy County, which is expressed in a state of emergency Wednesday. The Sarpy County Sheriff Office urges residents near Missouri and Platte River to evacuate their homes. The evacuation zone includes about 2,600 people.

The Lake County community of Cassano asked to evacuate

Residents living around Lake Waconda, a private property pool near the Missouri River near Union, Nebraska, were asked to evacuate, said Sandy Weyers, director of emergency management for Cass County.

Flooding closes Offutt runway and swamps Ashland military training base

Offutt's single runway is closed until 1 pm Tuesday, according to a notice of airmen issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition, for a second time in four years, Camp Ashland's Guard, on the banks of the Platte River east of Ashland, ran out of floods.

The emergency was declared to the west of Douglas County; resident, weather abandonment

The National Weather Service issued a mid-morning alert Friday and asked people to evacuate immediately, claiming that flash flooding was near.

The National Weather Service office in the Valley, which provides critical information on the changing conditions of the flood itself, is evacuated. The weather station in Hastings, Nebraska, has been taken.

Ice officials suspect in an area backed up by the river, said weather service meteorologist Taylor Nicolaisen.

The morning rose Friday at 21.55 feet. The main phase is considered to be 21 feet. The level of the river is expected to reach 24 feet later this day.

Stothert shows disaster declaration; Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said on Friday he signed a local disaster declaration due to damage from severe flooding, heavy wind and rain since March 11 in hopes of accessing emergency funds "from to all available resources. "

Floods also led the City of Omaha to close the Papillion Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday morning.

As the plant is closed, the wastewater will go to the river without being treated. Generally, the plant drives 65 million gallons of wastewater per day.

People should avoid going to the Missouri River near and downstream from Papillion Creek.

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Ricketts calls for the worst flood in 50 years

"This is probably the most extensive flood damage in the past century," he said at a press conference at Norfolk airport Friday morning. "Even though we are far from the water system, we find that places are full."

Ricketts traveled to Platte and Loup Rivers by helicopter at Nebraska National Guard and after a short stop at Norfolk, planned to assess the Elkhorn River.

Cooper Nuclear Station preps for shutdown

The Nebraska Public Power District is preparing to shut down the Cooper Nuclear Station as the Missouri River is approaching a critical 45.5 foot mark. As of Friday afternoon, the river is about 45 feet deep near Brownville.

If the plant goes into shutdown mode, spokesman Mark Becker said he did not expect any damage to the nuclear parts of the facility.

Sarpy County officials encouraged residents in River Platte River, Missouri to evacuate

The Missouri River has been breached a fortress between Offutt Air Force Base and Plattsmouth, near the Harlan Lewis Road and La Platte.

that River Platte is out of its northern bank and forces water at Cottonwood Road in Villa Springs, southeast of Springfield.

Sarpy County Sheriff strongly encourages Jeff Davis residents living in areas near Missouri or Platte Rivers to evacuate immediately to avoid being trapped. A release of the Gavins Point Dam and floods in central Nebraska affects water levels in Sarpy County.

Officials said it might appear to people living in a bordered area of ​​the rivers that they could not reach the water. However, water can be and can be washed in surrounding roads, cutting ability to come in and out of living areas.

Access to Fremont blocked due to road closures

U.S. Highway 275 between Omaha and Fremont is closed, according to Nebraska State Patrol. US Highway 77 north and south of the city is closed, such as US Highway 30 in the west and east of the town, said Lottie Mitchell, a spokeswoman for the city.

Closing remains in effect last Friday. The city is still under voluntary evacuation, Mitchell said that nearby levees have not yet been violated. Also Friday, Dodge County officials encourage North Bend residents, about 15 miles west of Fremont, to evacuate.

Norfolk residents shoved back home; The water consumed in Columbus

Norfolk officials gasped on Friday after dropping some water levels overnight, allowing almost a third of the city to return to their homes and businesses.

A person missing during a flood It is still missing Norfolk Thursday. Officials said the search continued.

Floodwaters took off at Columbus on Friday afternoon. Platte County's emergency coordinator Tim Hofbauer said the water dropped by one foot and dropped by a higher upstream Loup River.

Hofbauer said that many Shell Creek bridges failed and no direct routes to or out of Columbus

Nebraska rivers record recorded levels

Some rivers record record levels overnight as National Weather Service meteorologists

No further moisture is expected in the future that day will add to the totals, except for a low chance of snow Monday night, said weather service meteorologist Dave Eastlack.

it's unlikely to see some sort of receding until mid or late next week, "he said.

Eastlack stressed that motorists should not drive through the water, for their own safety and to avoid tying up first resources resources.

US The Army Corps of Engineers expects the Missouri River in Omaha to climb 33.7 feet on Sunday, but City of Omaha officials say that the river is not expected compromise the 13 miles of its levee control.

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge closed due to flooding on the side of the Bridge Council Bluffs.

Many water saves; their Missouri Valley, Iowa

hospital in Missouri Valley, Iowa, two residents were taken to the local hospital in critical condition after being exposed to cold water during water saving.

Thursday also, a volunteer firefight working on a rescue in the Waterloo area has generated excessive exertion after getting a hole in his wet suit.

At least one dead, two people missing and some hospitalized

At Shell Creek near Columbus, a trader drives a tractor to help a motorist get stuck in the flood and get rid of it and dies, says Bryan Tuma, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

The farmer was later referred to as Columbus farmer James Wilke. When he learned that flood waters had been stranded by a motorist on a neighboring country road early on Thursday, he released his tractor and went to help with the wind and rain.

Volunteers are first watched, built by Wilke Monastery Road and across the bridge over Shell Creek.

But the bridge collapsed under the weight of the tractor, which threw the 50-year-old into a flood-flooded flood. After a furious search by neighbors, his body was found downstream nine hours later, near his own farm.


Firefighters rescued after the boat capsizes during a neglected attempt near Arlington [19659025] Two boats with five firefighters and two drivers were taken on Thursday night while they are trying to save people in Dodge County near the Elkhorn River.

Many helicopters were called to assist in the southwestern Arlington scene, said the Office of Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

Nebraska road submerged

Flooding has been seriously impacted by travel in areas surrounding the Omaha metro area and northeast Nebraska.

The Highway 34 bridge across the Missouri River north of Plattsmouth was closed late Friday morning due to a levee break. The road is closed from Highway 75 to the east, near the border of Sarpy and Cass County.

Most state highways in north-central and north-east of Nebraska also have some closure due to flooding.

Click here to see the Nebraska Department's live map of Transportation.

In Iowa, Interstate 29 is closed and there are detours in the area due to flooding. The I-680 between Mormon Bridge and I-29 is also closed.

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Emergency lines open throughout the state

The Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline is available 24 hours a day for motorists who need help. Drivers can reach the NSP by dialing * 55 from any cell phone or 911 in an emergency.

The rooms are open throughout Nebraska, and everyone says, they serve nearly 700 people. For more than one agency that reunites to help flood victims and first responders, click here.

World-Herald staff writers Alia Conley, Kelsey Stewart, Chris Peters, Erin Grace, Blake Ursch, Steve Liewer, Nancy Gaarder, Reece Ristau, Susan Szalewski and Roseann Moring contributed to this report , which includes information from the World-Herald News Service.