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Aggressive flood operations in place for NE Nebraska

PIERCE COUNTY, Nebraska (KTIV) – Emergency managers say aggressive flood operations are in place in many Siouxland communities.

Although emergency crews are keeping a close watch on many areas, they say the excess water coming from powerful storms creates many unknowns.

KTIV crews couldn’t get into Pierce, Nebraska, Wednesday because no one was allowed in or out of town, so I ended up in Norfolk.

It’s there we heard from concerned emergency managers, saw a lot of water, and menacing clouds ready to pour down rain all over again.

It didn’t take long for the snow to be replaced by water a lot of water.

“Unfortunately, we are in a perfect storm for flooding,” said Josh Moenning, mayor of Norfolk, Nebraska. “Significant snowmelt mixed with significant rainfall and frozen ground. As you know, areas to the north have been hit hard. Our neighbors in Pierce began laying sandbags this morning around businesses and homes.”

Perfect storm for flooding areas to and homes.

What more do emergency managers in Norfolk want the public to know?

Conserve water because there’s stress on the water systems in place.

They started watching the levees tonight.

They ask everyone to steer clear of the water: Don’t wander around trying to look at the flooding and definitely don’t drive through the water.

They’re concerned about the Elkhorn, ice jams, and more rain.

Water has consumed areas such as the property surrounding businesses.

And it’s running over farmland.

Emergency managers remain vigilant, but they are concerned.

“With that kind of forecast and those kinds of ongoings, there is a lot of actions that are happening in our communities including Randolph, Osmond, Pierce and Battle Creek, the city of Norfolk and Madison,” said Shane Weidner, Norfolk Public Safety Director. “The list goes on and on. It was a lot of unusual flooding… We were seeing water in areas we typically don’t see. We are getting a good flow in the Elkhorn River, but there is a significant amount of ice being carried on that river with a large velocity.”

And it’s not even Spring yet and there will be more storms on the horizon.

Sheriff Todd Volk, Madison County.

“We have got people out driving around just to be lookin’, and we are going to ask you to go home. Pure and simple,” said Todd Volk, Madison County Sheriff. “We don’t need people going around, looking at stuff and flood waters because if you slip and fall into that water, you drive into that water, we have to risk our lives to get you out.”

Emergency managers want the public to know they need to conserve water because there’s stress on the water systems in place.

They’re also concerned about the Elkhorn, ice jams, and more rain.

Stella Daskalakis

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