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Highway 92 reopened after blizzard

Posted: 5:27 PM, Jan 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-24 00:11:14Z

Snowpacked roads and high winds forced a large chunk of Highway 92 from Omaha to Wahoo to close for almost 24 hours. 

According to Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz, the snow drifts blanketed the highway and closed it off to reduce more vehicles to roll into the ditch. Stukenholtz said over 20 passenger vehicles and 6 semis lost control and needed help getting out of the ditch. 

"As soon as a vehicle has a problem, gets stuck, a semi jack-knifes than the other vehicles can't get around and then the situation just snowballs and then traffic backs up," said Stukenholtz. 

This section of Highway 92 draws ire of locals when the snow falls, "92 has always been bad, always, and I've lived around here for about 50 years. So it's just been bad.You learn to live with it," said Yutan resident Edward Robinson. 

Saunders County resident Dave Redding was separated from his family overnight because of the road closure,"I thought I'd be able to make it home but they had it all blocked off".

He spent the night in Omaha worried about his family at home without power. 

"I've been checking up on people I go to church with to make sure they are okay," said Redding. 

Highway 92 also makes Redding disappointed, "Every year it seems like if we have snow it's closed for part of the day or all day."

Just before noon, that stretch of Highway 92 was reopened. 

Even with the frustrations, Stukenholtz is happy no one was injured during the Winter blast.