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Norfolk officials are optimistic, but still had to evacuate over 1,000

NORFOLK, Nebraska (KTIV) – More than a thousand people in Norfolk, Nebraska, woke up to evacuation orders as rivers rose during the morning of Thursday, March 14.

An aerial image of the North Fork River, taken by the Nebraska State Patrol, shows the river nearing the top of the levee as it winds its way through Norfolk.

The area of the evacuation is from Seventh Street to Victory Road and from the Elkhorn River to Eisenhower Avenue. The mandatory evacuation order is in place through Friday, March 15, and there are road closures across the city because of the flood waters.

Evacuees can be found in a few areas around Norfolk.

Emergency managers say they are cautiously optimistic. Water levels remained steady during the evening of Thursday, March 14, but those water levels still are dangerous and remain at high levels.

“This is a dynamic situation. There are a lot of things upstream that can impact this so we are cautiously optimistic,” said Shane Weidner, Norfolk Public Safety Director.

Emergency managers say they hope to update citizens in Norfolk on Friday, March 15.

Ashly Richardson

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