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As Platte River rises, Buccaneer Bay residents prepare for another possible flood

Posted at 10:13 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 23:13:28-04

CASS COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — During the March flood, Randy Eddy's basement flooded out, destroying furniture, carpet, drywall and precious family photographs.

With the Platte River rising again he's praying another flood doesn't happen, but is preparing for the possibility.

"Bringing stuff upstairs, putting stuff up on shelves, just preparing for the water to rise again,” says Eddy.

He's not alone.

"Yeah, we're all packed and ready to go, what else can you do,” says resident Helen Mooney.

The water can come at residents of Buccaneer Bay two different ways. The most obvious being the Platte River continuing to push south, it's already flooding backyards like this one.

But what got most folks last time was the convergence of the Platte into the main lake in the neighborhood.

As you can tell the Platte is already beginning to seep in, Eddy hopes it stops soon.

"When it gets crosses the road, we're done, then the lake will rise and here we go again,” says Eddy.

This comes just as residents have begun making repairs to their homes caused by the first flood.

Some needed to fix driveways, garages and drywall. Others like Tammy Svagera took in six inches of muddy water.

"We worked about a month straight getting everything all cleaned up and now we're going to have to do it all over. Does not sound good at all,” says Svagara.

Her family is sandbagging today to slow down the rising waters from coming through their doors.

Svagera has been coming to this place since the '70's and never believed it could flood, she learned her lesson last time around.

"We definitely believe it now. Living it and breathing it is like ahhhh."