NSP provides air support to assess, aid flood recovery

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The impacts of recent flooding hard to take in from the ground, and it's even more astounding from the sky.

The Nebraska State Patrol took 6 News on an exclusive ride-along through the air while they assessed flood damage in the Omaha area.

The flight went over the West Dodge and Elkhorn area, then over by Offutt Air Force Base and Camp Ashland.

"This is a tough time for folks, what they are going through. The devastation with loss and of personal property and dwelling. So, it's important we can relieve and have the most suited best as we can...," NSP aviator Brian Petersen said.

NSP 's Aviation Support Division completed several rescues over the last few days.

"Family member and a dog that had to with, of course. We don't just rescue people. We rescue their pets too," Petersen said.

Day after day the aviators have made a number of life-saving deliveries.

"Because of the devastation and the fact the roads aren't travelable... We have the real time to move valuable support to medical facilities," Petersen explains.

The NSP pilots also stream real-time video to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and the state emergency operations center that will help with assessments and to identify where support is needed.

The hardworking pilots will have their work cut out for them for several days to come.