Some City Services Put On Hold Due To Flooding

"In the early stages of this flood event we did have a lot of our employees deployed doing flood fighting instead of what they're normally doing," Omaha Environmental Services Manager Marty Grate said.

But not everyone is waiting for the city to come in and solve some of these problems. Neighbors in the Bemis Park area are taking matters into their own hands.

Denise Nunn adopted a median in front of her house.

"The city planted it, but I love to garden so I do mow and weed eat and pull weeds," she said. "A lot of neighbors here take part in weed eating, pulling weeds. Whatever we see needs to be done, we just do it. We can't wait for other people to do everything. We have to step up and do our share."

Denise said the city has done a commendable job keeping parks at least mowed.

"The city does a great job it's a very large area, so they have their hands full," she said. "It's a huge, huge job."

Ira Rodgers walks around Benson Park daily.

He saw workers mowing the grass here two days ago. Rodgers gives the city a top rating.

"Yeah, it's been taken care of," he said. "It's nice. That's why I come every day. "They're taking care of the parks."

Rodgers also said the city deserves a high ranking for taking care of Miller Park.

Denise said sometimes, the smallest things make the biggest impact. She said if we see some trash on the ground, even though its not ours, we should pick it up and throw it away.

"I think if anything that's lacking," she said.

Denise said if we all do a little extra, we can make a big difference while a more pressing concern is being addressed.

The city says with contractors now handling much of the preventative flooding efforts, city workers are catching up on their normal duties.


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