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First look at Fremont flood damage

Posted: 8:12 PM, Mar 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-19 01:12:56Z

FREMONT, Neb. (KMTV) — A weekend of destruction has the community coming together to help the ones who need it most.

"It pulled Fremont together. Fremont's a pretty close community … it even brought Fremont closer," said Michelle Nelson.

The floods left many devastated after it ripped through Fremont Friday night into Saturday morning.

"I was standing there and heard the ground pop and water coming up underneath," said Rick Poe.

Poe, like many others in the town, had to evacuate just as the floods arrived. He lives on the south side of Fremont--an area that got hit the hardest by this weekend's floods.

Juan Barcenas and his family are now living with his brother.

"The water's going down now, so I hope in a couple days we'll be back home, but the mobile homes... they're flooded right now," said Barcenas.

Neighbors had to walk to their homes in knee-deep water to grab last-minute belongings.

Multiple agencies including Fremont Police and the Dodge County Sheriff's Office worked together to assist in the relief efforts.

"This recovery isn't going to be a few days or a few weeks--this recovery is going to be months, to possibly a year or longer," said Douglas County Sheriff Steve Hespen.