Evacuations ordered in Dodge County as Shell Creek levee breached

DODGE COUNTY, Neb. (WOWT) -- A breach in a levee along Shell Creek prompted the National Weather Service on Wednesday to issue a flash flood warning for the towns of Schuyler and Rogers.

The warning for Schuyler expired at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday but was extended for Rogers residents to 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

North Bend just east of here has been preparing all afternoon for something just like this to happen.

School was called off, and nearly every business was closed today.

Around 7 a.m., everyone instead came together to fill 4,000-5,000 sandbags and start preparing the town in case the Platte River to the south or Maple Creek to the north broke through their banks.

Fields are underwater, as are backyards. One homeowner we spoke with said if they get a few more inches of rain, it will start flooding their basement.

None of the flooding is so deep yet that cars can't drive through but crews are set up to warn drivers of deep water and make sure they get through safely.

The sun did come out for a few hours Wednesday, giving some much-needed relief to rising water levels, but rain has since picked back up.

Now all North Bend residents can do is see whether their efforts were enough.