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Levee breach threatens Fremont area, officials urge evacuations

Posted at 11:39 AM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 12:56:09-04

FREMONT, Neb. (KMTV) — A levee breach is threatening the Fremont area and surrounding communities, with officials urging residents to evacuate immediately.

Rapid rises in water levels are expected to impact the Fremont area and a new flash flood alert has been issued. A breached levee led to the rise along the northwest side of town along the Platte River. Evacuation orders are in effect for parts of Fremont and Dodge counties.

Water is also crossing old Highway 275 on Fremont's south side. Individuals between Highway 30 and an area known as the Davenport addition in Fremont are urged to get to higher ground immediately, authorities say. Parameters within the city under mandatory evacuation also include 16th St to the Burlington Northern railroad tracks.

Roads entering and exiting Fremont remain closed. Those evacuating are asked to go to the shelter at Fremont Middle School. DC West is no longer open as a shelter due to plumbing issues.

If you are within these boundaries, you are urged to get out immediately. Do not enter flood waters.