As flooding moves south, more people asked to evacuate

BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - As flooding made its way south on Friday, more and more communities were asked to evacuate.

Bellevue Police began encouraging residents of Green Acres and Paradise Lake to evacuate for their safety.

The neighborhoods aren't far from where an Omaha wastewater treatment plant was shut down earlier in the day Friday because it was flooded.

Workers watched the levee for more breaks as trucks full of sand kept arriving in an attempt to slow the flooding.

Because of the plant failure, raw sewage from 600,000 customers flowed straight into the Missouri River.

"On the combined sewer system that's part of the Missouri River basin system we have overflows and the recommendation is that you avoid being in the water and hopefully people understand that with the quantity of water coming down, they know they need to stay out of the water," City of Omaha Public Works Director Bob Stubbe said.

Roads in the area were becoming covered in as little as 45 minutes Friday as the water continued south.