Uprooted Trees Pose Long Term Danger

Lyndy Stratbucker grew up in Ponca Hills near Hummel Park.

She just returned from a trip to Boston and feels like she's anywhere but home.

"I've never seen anything like this," she said. "I've been gone for a week and coming back, I'm just shocked to see everything like it is.

Looking out over the Missouri River from the bluffs near her home, she says the river looks more like an ocean.

A line of hay bales is enveloped by water. Some have already drifted downstream. A structure that was to become a cabin sits well out in the river's current.

Lyndy's father farms 80 acres here.

The entire acreage is underwater.

"My dad just got his asparagus going," she said. "It takes a few years to get asparagus going and I'm sure the roots will be destroyed."

Larger plants in the area will have the same problem but pose more danger.

River Road is lined with large trees and some of them are already suffering from sitting in water for an extended period of time.

The road was shut down Friday night by the Ponca Hills Fire Department after two large trees fell over.

Lyndy drives that road regularly.

"I had never thought about the trees," she said.. "I just can't imagine. I mean that's a danger that could be there for years."

Lyndy also runs Nirvana Point Retreat Center nearby and she's concerned about everyone's safety.

She's concerned that the main road in and out of the area could be shut down for months and possibly even longer.

Falling trees could someday supplant rising waters as a lasting legacy to the long term effects of the Flood of 2011

"This will be a major devastating situation," Lyndy said.

The road was also a major attraction for sightseers.

A spokesman with the Ponca Hills Fire Department said that was also a determining factor for shutting down North River Road.


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