Levee Concerns Affect Summer Camp

While 75 youngsters play the staff at Camp Eppley south of Bellevue watches the river levees. The camp sits about one mile from the rising Missouri and right next to the swollen Platte river.

After warnings the kids and staff might not have time to evacuate should a levee break, the Salvation Army decided to end summer camps at Camp Eppley when the current youth camp is completed Thursday morning.

Captain Scott Shelbourn said, "Probably this week will be our last camp here for the immediate future. We want to keep everyone safe."

The Salvation Army will move summer camp activities to the Kroc Center in South Omaha and a University campus.;

Meanwhile the operators of a baseball complex have no place to move. The Hall of Fame fields south of Bellevue are preparing for 23 teams of 10 and eleven year olds. 375 players and coaches stay in dorms on site.

Manager Tim law said, "We're aware of the situation and we attend the meetings with emergency management. We are prepared."

Law says the status of the tournament that begins Monday has not changed. As of now its still on and preparations continue for the event.


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