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Floodwaters stuck on wrong side of Bellevue levee

Posted: 5:31 PM, Mar 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-21 18:33:27-04
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BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) -- — The flooding creates major challenges for Bellevue when it comes to getting the water out of drowning homes.

The city says the water was so high on the Platte River when it ran into the Missouri River that it pushed water over the levees and into Paradise Lakes and Green Acres. Now, that the river has receded the water is stuck on the wrong side of the levee.

They've opened floodgates to try and get some of the water out and are using pumps.

"The levee did its job to a certain extent it stayed intact but once the water went over now the levees doing its job and keeping the water on the wrong side," said Lt. Andy Jashinske with the Bellevue Police Department.

Police warn that any of the homes touched by water are most likely uninhabitable because it's highly contaminated with sewage, diesel, and possibly disease.

They say it could take months to get all the water out of the communities along the river.

Friday at 2pm there's an open forum scheduled at the Bellevue Junior Sports Association (1001 High School Drive) for the public to get an update on the flooding and ask questions.