NORFOLK, Neb. (KMTV) — Evacuations have begun in Norfolk south of Omaha Avenue. 7th Street east to Victory Road and Eisenhower Avenue south to the Elkhorn River.
Residents in these areas are strongly encouraged to seek higher ground. Officials say it is vital to NOT drive through standing water.
Evacuation routes are on Benjamin Avenue and Norfolk Avenue.
Residents are encouraged to shelter in place unless in the affected area. Currently, the Levee system is functioning properly, but is quickly rising and conditions are worsening. If the levee breaks, Norfolk would see flooding it has not seen since the 1960s.
Update 9:40 a.m. - South first street from Jackson Avenue to Sherwood Avenue is closed. Officials emphasize again to stay away from the levee. The city is engaging in critical activities to control flooding within the levee.
Update 2 p.m. - The City of Norfolk has release an update:
Lutheran High Northeast shelter is at high capacity. Other shelters are still available:
Bel Air Elementary School
Sacred Heart Norfolk Catholic High School
In order to help safety personnel, and for your own safety, avoid areas around the levee and any areas near high standing/rushing water
The evacuation area is from 7th Street (Queen City Boulevard) east to Victory Road; from Eisenhower south to the Elkhorn River
Volunteers are asked to gather at the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska (the old Nebraska Christian College)
Please limit water usage during this time. If you have a sump pump in your house, pump the water outside and not into sewer drains
A webpage is now available on the City of Norfolk website: https://www.ci.norfolk.ne.us/about/flood2019.htm
Here is a link to the 10:30 a.m. Press Conference: https://youtu.be/vmrC7-z8MxE
Update 2:30 p.m. - The City of Norfolk has release an update:
We want to thank all of the kind and generous citizens and donors for your continued efforts to assist our community. At this time, our shelters have been demobilized and no additional volunteers, food or items are needed. We thank you for all of the support you have provided throughout the event.