Offutt Air Force Base falls victim to flooding

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - Offutt Air Force Base was not exempt from the flooding that swept through eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

Offutt officials announced they reduced the number of Air National Guards on duty to just essential personnel on Sunday, and the commanders said flooding affected about two-thirds of the entire air base and their duties.

The air base went into full flood operation Friday morning, with all hands on deck and thousands of volunteers. The team filled 200,000 sandbags over the course of 36 hours.

Most flooding is in the southeast corner of the base.

Offutt moved four of the aircraft off the base, some to a hangar in Lincoln.

"We wanted to stay ready and fortunately we were able to save all of our critical capability and we are still in the fight and we've had no degradation to our mission," Col. Michael Manion said.

The base had not made an estimation on the cost of damage as of Sunday evening.