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Thousands of homes flooded across Dodge County

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 20:40:36-04
Water washed out Dodge County crops and flooded basements - 5 to 8 inches in two to four hours.
 
Area leaders, businesses and home owners are trying to figure out what's next.
 
Two of the hardest hit areas were Fremont and in Scribner.
 
In Scribner, volunteer firefighters kept the situation from getting worse by braving the rising water to set up flood gates.
 
In Fremont, pools of standing water remain across the city.
 
It rained so hard and so much, farmers remain flooded, standing water scattered across the county nearly four days after rain stopped.
 
"The sun came out Saturday morning and so it was kind of a surreal experience visually,” said William Pook, emergency manager for Dodge, Washington and Burt County. “There was a lot of water on city streets, like Bell St. And Military and up in the Washington Heights area, there was lots of water, even up until 12 noon.”
 
Also hit hard? 
 
Homeowners. 
 
"I looked at a couple of friends' basements that had $2,000 to $3,000 damage,” Pook said. “I know that we had dozens and dozens of homes that had similar accounts of water.”
 
Fremont’s utilities manager says there were more than 1,000 homes damaged by basement flooding.
 
He says many of those homeowners don't have flood insurance, or their plans won't cover the hefty price tag for repairs. 
 
Scott Steffensmeir is dealing with that damage.
 
"When I came down Saturday morning, the floor and carpet was all covered with water,” Steffensmeir said. “It had either come up from the side of the house, or the ground up, one way or another."
 
Steffensmeir's house has been in his family for decades and says they don't remember rain that hard since at least the 1980s.
 
"I woke up to the storm and that was, I think about 1 a.m., looked outside and couldn't see anything. It was what I imagine a hurricane, it looked like. A lot of rain, wind and yeah, torrential rain,” Steffensmeir said.