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Woman trapped in floodwater at her Columbus home has died

Posted at 11:22 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 18:20:38-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Platte County Sheriff's Office says a second person has died due to flooding near Columbus.

80-year-old Betty Hamernik was found deceased in her home after several unsuccessful attempts to rescue her.

Crews said high winds, fast currents and high waves impeded rescue efforts.

The incident remains under investigation by the Platte County Sheriff's office.

This is the third death due to flooding that we have received information on.

The others were James Wilke of Columbus and Aleido Rojas Galan of Norfolk.

Funeral arrangements have been made for Hamernik. The family asked:

"In lieu of flowers, please support your favorite first responders team or the Immanuel Lutheran School Endowment fund. The family would like to thank friends and neighbors for extra help and assistance in recent years and all first responders that helped with the epic 2019 flood in Columbus."