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Sarpy County issues cleanup, recovery updates

Posted: 1:08 PM, Mar 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-23 18:08:17Z
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SARPY COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — Work continues across Sarpy County to clean up hazards and fix roads so residents can safely return to their homes.

Thomas Riverside Acres, Linoma Beach and surrounding areas are open to residents, effective immediately.

Betty, Chris, and Hanson Lakes are also open to residents. However, before being allowed into the area, a representative from each property must check in at the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office located at 8335 Platteview Road.

A letter providing updates to residents of the Betty, Chris, and Hanson Lakes says:

"UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming number of residents from Betty, Chris, and Hanson Lakes who checked in at the Sheriff's Office on Friday and Saturday to get access to their neighborhood, we're adjusting the check-in times moving forward. If you still need to check in to access the neighborhood, you can do so on Monday, March 25 from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. If you cannot make this work, please call 402-659-7332 or 402-350-3379 and we will arrange another time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We want to thank all of the residents for their patience during this check-in process."

People are allowed to stay in this neighborhood 24 hours a day, but may only enter between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Those with cabins at Olivo Lake or Schmid Park should contact the property owner for permission to access those properties.

Communities in Sarpy County that remain inaccessible include Vencil's Island, Sands Trailer Court and Riha Lakes.

A press release from Sarpy County says floodwaters across the area are likely contaminated with sewage and other hazardous materials. The county stresses that people avoid direct contact with the floodwaters and use caution when handling items that have come in contact with it. Flooding can make conditions favorable for tetanus--a serious but uncommon disease.

Before service can be restored by OPPD, an electrical inspection may be required by local or state electrical authorities. Those with access to their properties are asked to call 402-593-1555 to request an electrical inspection or visit this website.

Volunteers are available through Team Rubicon, an international nonprofit dedicated to disaster relief. These volunteers are on hand and ready to provide assistance to those cleaning properties. To request assistance, call 833-556-2476. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is also available to help clean or offer emotional support and can be contacted by calling 501-954-0495.