Neighbors stick together during evacuations in Bellevue

BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - The residents at Green Acres Mobile Homes in Bellevue were asked to evacuate Friday afternoon and had just a little time to grab what they could and head to safer ground.

One woman said the first thing she grabbed was her husband's ashes.

"I lost my husband in October and we bought the trailer in 2015, so there's a lot of memories and good ties there," Tamra Herrera-Alberto said.

First responders went door-to-door asking residents to leave.

"Definitely scared because I've been through tornadoes but not floods and that kind of stuff, so I was like, oh my God, I'm going to lose everything," Herrera-Alberto said.

When flood waters aren't lapping at doorsteps, some people can be tempted to stay put. That mindset had first responders out in lightly armored vehicles.

"The last two days it's been mostly operational 24-seven. It's been busy both day and night," Sgt. Greg Miller with the Nebraska State Patrol said.

The vehicle is able to drive through about four feet of water, but each use puts rescuers at risk to save another life.

"It's absolutely a stressful situation and they understand the need to leave at that point and luckily we're able to help out with that," Sgt. Miller said.

Herrera-Alberto and her friend Andrea Ruch heeded the warning but had to figure out where to spend the night.

"People who don't have the funds to just, oh I'm going to go get a room or something, it's like what are they supposed to do?" Herrera-Alberto said.

Both women warned others that the threat is real. They and other neighbors went to Lifegate Church in Papillion to receive available help.

"Yeah, what don't kill us makes us stronger," Ruch and Herrera-Alberto said.

Both women left with the clothes on their back and the medication they needed. Now, they will wait.