Flooding, damage assessments underway

Omaha, NE – National Guard troops and emergency management teams are assessing flooded areas throughout Nebraska.

Governor Dave Heineman and NEMA officials toured flooded areas Sunday. The governor declared a state of emergency due to flooding along the Platte, Elkhorn, and Loup River basins. Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Al Berndt says officials are concerned about sanitation, as well as the safety of drinking water and food.

Flood Warnings continue along the Platte and Elkhorn Rivers in Nebraska and the Nishnabotna River in western Iowa. Eight emergency shelters are open, including one near King Lake. Cass County, Nebraska, is under a Flood Warning, as are northwest Otoe County, northwest Fremont County, Iowa, and southwest Mills County, Iowa through Tuesday morning.

Berndt says roads and bridges are damaged, and houses are surrounded by water, along the Elkhorn River.