Family members wait, worry as first responders rescue loved ones

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KING LAKE, Neb. (WOWT) - As waters rose on Friday, so did family members' concern for their loved ones trapped by floods.

Some people out in western Douglas County waited hours for their loved ones to receive rescue as King Lake rose in the Valley area.

High water moved in early Friday morning and began to separate the lake from the rest of the area. People were told to evacuate, but some did not heed the warning.

Janessa Zucweiler waited outside of King Lake for first responders to rescue her father starting at 4 a.m.

"He's on the highest spot in King Lake in there. He's still about a foot underwater in there, but his neighbor, the water's about this far from his neighbor's window over the four-foot fence," Zucweiler said.

First responders called in a helicopter to help rescue her dad and others trapped by the flood. Zucweiler said the first rescue attempt failed.

"He came out with the first responders with a fire truck, I believe and they just got stalled in the water and they've been sitting on top of their truck and my dad's dog is in the truck so they've just been waiting, waiting and waiting," she explained.

A large military vehicle eventually pulled up with Zucweiler's dad inside. After many hours of waiting, the two finally embraced.

"I just went in to get my dog last night, a bag and eat and it was dry and the water moved in that quick that I couldn't get out," her father, Jim Bonar explained.

Bonar and his dog, King headed to Zucweiler's home in Omaha after a long day.

First responders from Valley and Waterloo helped with the rescue efforts.