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Latest update from Unified Command on flooding

Waterloo and Valley still cut off
Posted: 3:08 PM, Mar 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-18 23:01:45Z
Flood of 2019

OMAHA, NE — The Unified Command, which is the umbrella group for local government and public safety agencies dealing with flooding, has issued the following updates.

Here are the latest updates from Unified Command:

- There is still no access to and from Waterloo and Valley from Omaha. County crews are working to clear debris from the roads but they are still not safe for travel.

- Anyone with concerns about pets in the flooded areas, can contact the Nebraska Humane Society at 402-444-7800. NHS is headed to western Douglas County with rescue personnel to check on animals.

- Unified Command is encouraging all residents of Waterloo and Valley to register on the Nextdoor app either on mobile devices or on the website, www.nextdoor.com [nextdoor.com] . Douglas County Emergency Management Agency will use this app to send out key messages in the coming days to those who live in the affected areas.

- Any affected persons with unmet needs can contact 211 for assistance. Family reunification needs can also be directed to 211.

- Douglas County Emergency Management Agency has canceled its first siren testing of the season scheduled for Saturday, March 23. Due to recent flooding, agency obligations have shifted.

- Highway 36 is now open to Omaha. A pilot car will be escorting one-way traffic 24/7 on Highway 36. Western Douglas County residents can access Highway 36 from Highway 275.

- As of Monday at 3 p.m., 200 adults and children have been rescued in Douglas County since Friday.

- According to Tom McDonald, manager of construction and maintenance for the Douglas County Engineer's Office, 180 miles of Douglas County roads have been impacted by flooding.