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Floodwaters threaten homes and close parts of I-29...again

Posted at 6:39 PM, Sep 20, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Floodwaters have risen since yesterday, resulting in parts of Interstate 29 being closed including Crescent to Loveland and I-29 North of Council Bluffs.

2019 has been a tough year for Ralph Balsano who lives near Loveland.

Back in March he told us, "We lost pictures and all kinds of stuff...yeah it's not easy."

In March, floodwaters got into his basement and in April...his wife passed away. Now in September, he's on an evacuation notice again.

"There's water all around us...the fields down south are completely full of it."

Balsano is frustrated with the newest threat and others in the area say they're frustrated with the impact on travel. Many commuters have had to choose alternate routes.

Kristine Michael, who's from Logan was traveling to Council Bluffs but couldn't go her normal route on I-29.

"Just the traffic is slow...40 mph all the way to Council Bluffs. My husband drives 45 minutes one way every day and when that's out it takes him an hour and ten minutes one way," she says.

Michael's home isn't threatened but she's seen the impacts this new round of flooding is causing.

"They're people who just got dry walled and are just starting to move back in and they're having to get out and the water will probably ruin everything again."

One of those people may be Balsano who's grown tired of possibly having to leave, every few months.

"Going through it once, twice, now three times...is ludicrous."