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Union Pacific Railroad transports Valley, Waterloo evacuees

Posted at 4:55 PM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 23:47:01-04

ELKHORN, Neb. (KMTV) — A unique rescue carried people trapped by floodwaters Saturday. Special trucks driving on railroad tracks were used as a safe route out for evacuees.

Unified Command and Union Pacific Railroad worked together to come up with the plan to relocate evacuees.

Around 3:30 p.m., Union Pacific Railroad began transporting from Waterloo to downtown Elkhorn via high-rail vehicles who were then driven to Elkhorn Middle School, which is being set up as a shelter.

Food and water are available to evacuees at the middle school, including security provided by the Omaha Police Department, kennels and pet food from the Nebraska Humane Society, and a variety of services from the American Red Cross.

Medical and behavioral health professionals have also been requested.

3 News Now reporter Alex McLoon reported on Facebook Live as evacuees began coming in to downtown Elkhorn.