Omaha Public Radio News
2:01 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Bellevue works to keep Highway 370 dry

Bellevue, NE – Bellevue is working to keep Highway 370 open at the base of its toll bridge.

City spokesman Phil Davidson says water was approaching the base of the toll bridge Wednesday afternoon. That forced the closure of the bridge for four hours while sandbags were placed along Highway 370. Offutt Air Force Base and Sarpy County provided the large sandbags for the effort. Davidson says they hope those bags keep water away from Highway 370.

Davidson says 100 volunteers helped fill sandbags Thursday morning. The sandbags will be used to reinforce Bellevue's levee. The National Guard and Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District are monitoring the city's levee system around the clock.

The Missouri River is seven feet above flood stage at Omaha and ten feet above flood stage at Plattsmouth.