Sarpy issues emergency declaration; residents urged to take precautions

  • 13 March 2019
  • Author: Phil Davidson
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Sarpy issues emergency declaration; residents urged to take precautions

Sarpy County has issued an Emergency Declaration for the entire county, including Bellevue, due to the flooding potential. Here is the complete press release from Sarpy County:

 

For immediate release

March 13, 2019 – 5:30 p.m

Rain, snowmelt and ice jams are combining to create a potential for flooding across Sarpy County. As a result, Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly has issued an emergency declaration for the entire county.

FLOOD WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for all of Sarpy County in effect until 7:15 p.m. today (March 13). River flood warnings are in effect for the Missouri River until 6 a.m. March 18, and the Platte River until 10 p.m. March 18.

If you live in a low-lying area or near a river or body of water, now is the time to prepare for flooding and possible evacuation. Pack a bag with clothing, medicine and any emergency supplies. Include extra batteries and charging devices for your phones. Elevate your possessions and move equipment, vehicles and livestock to higher ground. Arrange to stay with family, friends or at another location.

Monitor weather conditions and if requested to evacuate, do so immediately.

ROAD CONDITIONS

Floodwaters have crossed roads in a number of locations across the county. Do not walk or drive around barricades and do not walk or drive through water. Turn around, don’t drown! If you see a road covered with standing or running water, call the Sarpy County Emergency Communications Center’s non-emergency number at 402-593-4111. If you are in an emergency, call 911.

Sarpy County Public Works crews are adding rock to the county’s gravel roads. However, with more rain in the forecast and warmer temperatures melting frost in the ground, many of those roads will become treacherous for travel. Please use hard-surfaced roads whenever possible. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.

ANIMALS AND LIVESTOCK

The Nebraska Humane Society will keep pets if you evacuate to a location that does not allow animals. If you have concerns about large animals or livestock, contact the Humane Society at 402-444-7800.

 

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