Heartland Flood Update

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

Last week sang bagging operations were held off mostly due to heat. This week Council Bluffs is resuming everyday until noon. Omaha will resume later this week. It's been about six weeks since the flooding starting but during what appears to be a quiet time there is still plenty of preparation.

Luke Maher and Alex Meister live in Omaha but Monday morning we found them in Council Bluffs.

“I've heard many stories about people being affected by the flooding it's kind of saddening to hear about it. Just know that I'm out here serving the community, possibly saving someone's help, it just feels good inside,” Luke Maher said.

Volunteering their time filling sandbags.

“My brother used to play baseball out here so I know some people that live out here, just trying to help out,” Alex Meister said.

Council Bluffs hopes to maintain its 150,000 bag supply. Officials continue to monitor the levees. Over in Omaha sandbagging operations will resume later this week. They will move from Levi Carter Park to 18th and Chicago. City leaders say their 160,000 bag reserve is holding up still they're cautious as the river sits at 36.11 feet. That’s it's highest since July 9th.

“Looking down the road at our house, what we can see it,” one woman said as she looked at her flooded home.

North of Omaha, near Honey Creek even more land underwater.

“The garage is broken open, that's all we can see from where we can see. We're concerned, we wanna make sure that people aren't getting in here,” she said. “It's sad, we've all lost our homes, our neighbors, our friends, everybody's gone. It's sad. We're just blessed that god gave everybody time to get out.”

And so the efforts continue in the Heartland, volunteers asking for others to pitch in too.

“We need your hope, it's actually really fun, it's a great work out and it's a good cause,” Madeline Claf said.

Again sandbagging efforts continue all week in Council Bluffs, 8:00 am to noon. In Omaha, sandbagging set to resume later this week due to heat.

As for Epply Airfield, officials say the 70 dewatering wells they installed in mid July are working. They are stabilizing water levels as much as 14 feet at the wells. They also say there is no new distress, which means their approach to the flooding situation appears to be working.

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