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Sarpy County issues update on flood recovery

Posted: 3:57 PM, Mar 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-27 20:57:18Z
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SARPY COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — Sarpy County is adjusting access restrictions to properties in Betty, Chris, and Hanson Lakes, allowing residents more flexibility when entering and leaving the area.

Any resident with a driver's license showing Betty, Chris or Hanson Lakes addresses can access the area 24 hours a day. All other access is limited to the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Vencil's Island, Sands Trailer Court and Riha Lakes remains inaccessible due to flood waters and road damage, a press release from Sarpy County says.

Sarpy County officials continue to remind residents that floodwaters across the county are likely contaminated with sewage and other hazardous materials. Residents are advised to avoid contact with the water and use caution when handling items that have come in contact with it.

While floodwaters continue to recede, mold becomes an increasing concern. Homeowners and volunteers cleaning buildings impacted by flooding should prepare themselves by using appropriate personal protective equipment, including long pants, long sleeve shirts or jackets, sturdy boots, work gloves and N-95 respirators, according to Sarpy County's press release.

Hazardous waste should be taken to Under the Sink at 4001 S. 120th St in Omaha. This includes paint, paint remover, cleaning products, antifreeze, automotive fluids and batteries, caulk, aerosol cans, adhesives, pool chemicals, and garden chemicals. Visit this website for a complete list.

Sarpy County also reminds people to be aware of scammers during this vulnerable time. A number of unsolicited contractors have requested access to restricted communities in the county. However, the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office isn't allowing contractors into these areas unless a home/property owner directly contacted that specific contractor.

Businesses, properties and homes damaged by floods can apply for federal assistance here.