Parts of Randolph, NE forced to evacuate due to flooding

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RANDOLPH, Nebraska (KTIV)- In Cedar County, Nebraska Wednesday, residents in the low lying areas of Randolph had to evacuate because of the flooding.

Cedar County emergency managers say areas along Hughson, Wayne, Park, and Walden Streets– in addition to other low lying parts of town– experienced flooding in their homes.

Residents in those areas were asked to report to the Randolph City Auditorium.

Around 11 o’clock Wednesday morning, crews began sandbagging around the town of Randolph in an effort to keep parts of the town from flooding.

Around Noon, they realized sandbagging wasn’t going to be enough.

“We started getting evacuations in the low-lying areas,” said Jim Scott, Randolph, NE Fire Chief.

Those evacuees went to the Randolph City Auditorium, where plenty of food was waiting for them.

“People were all, some taken from their homes, and brought here directly to the auditorium if they weren’t able to get here on their own,” said Kelsey Backer, Randolph, NE City Administrator.

“Many people came to the Randolph City Auditorium throughout the day Wednesday,” said Jennifer Lenzini, Randolph, NE. “The Randolph Fire Department, who worked tirelessly throughout the whole day, came to get a hot meal.”

“Everybody’s doing good now, but a lot of water in basements,” adds Chief Scott. “We’ve got sandbags ready in case we get round two. We’re just trying to keep people clear of any areas that might be dangerous with electrical lines and stuff like that.”

The town of around 900 came together to keep the community safe.

“We had about 22 of our 25 guys here today helping,” says Chief Scott. “And we had rescue, and a lot of volunteers from town helping us too with the sandbagging.”

“That’s the advantage of a small community like this,” said Mayor George Bradley, Randolph, NE. “Everybody pitches in and helps.”

If more residents experience flooding in their homes Wednesday night, Mayor Bradley says the Randolph City Auditorium will be open.

Jennifer Lenzini

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