STANTON, Nebraska (KTIV) – Three Stanton County bridges were forced to close following March’s flooding in the area. Through the first week in June, two remain out of service.
The out-of-commission bridges are the Elkhorn River Bridge on Highway 57 and a county road bridge two miles west of Stanton.
With the bridges out-of-commission for several months, it’s taking its toll on local businesses.
“I have no doubt that the local businesses have been hurt badly,” said Mike Unger, Stanton County Sheriff. “And the longer this goes, it’s going to put some of them may be on the brink.
The bridge closures are causing issues for emergency responders as well.
Unger says the closures are taking them at least 30 to 45 minutes out of their way.
“We’ve had several rescue calls we’ve had to send other rescue services from different towns because Stanton couldn’t get there, it would have taken too long,” said Unger. “We’ve had one or two car accidents where we’ve had to go around.”
Unger says potential work to repair the bridges could begin this month, but won’t be completed until as early as November.