HEARTLAND FLOOD: Plattsmouth water plant still thwarted by flooding

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (WOWT) -- Plattsmouth city leaders have been meeting non-stop to come up with a plan to get their water plant back up and running.

The plant was overpowered by floodwaters last month and it's still inaccessible by car.

The flooding caused millions of dollars in damage.

The plant is currently on an island. The City Administrator says their first priority is to get power to the building.

Plattsmouth has been under a water emergency since March 14th telling residents to conserve their water intake.

Now, over a month later, they're still working on repairs.

High flood waters left behind still make it difficult to get to the property. The only way to get out there is by boat.

Officials say the last time this happened was in 2011 but then they had a month to prepare. This time around they say water rushed in so fast it was a hustle to shut the facility down and get everyone out to safety.

City Administrator Erv Portis said, “We still had full power here but we were still getting inundated with water so quickly. Water came up 24 feet in 24 hours. There was no way we were going to win the protection fight. We're still working on preliminary damage costs but it's going to be significant.”

Portis showed us around the inside of the facility Thursday saying floodwaters were as high as the first floor, estimating 10 to 15 million dollars in damage.

“Three of the four had flood waters come up through the bottom.”

Water filters were contaminated and the electrical system was damaged.

“They'll have to be replaced, cleaned, disinfected.”

There are five water wells on property. One was smashed by fast flowing debris but another that’s higher up was left untouched.

Right now it’s a scramble to get power back to the building and get water flowing from their one safe water well. “Be patient. We're working as hard as we can non-stop.”

Portis said while they're still under a water emergency they gave themselves a six month window for repairs. They're hoping to get things up and running before that.