Flooding prompts road closings, evacuations around region

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- As rains continue to move across the region Wednesday, rising waters are threatening several areas in eastern Nebraska.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night, the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office was asking those near the Platte River, between Ashland and Gretna to evacuate immediately, specifically those at Beacon View, Linoma Beach campground, and Riverside Acres.

A large ice jam had forced water over the levee at Caphart Road, they said, and deputies were going door-to-door in that area asking residents to vacate the area.

Earlier on Wednesday, evacuations were reported in Winslow, about 12 miles north of Fremont; streets were also flooding in nearby Nickerson.

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Highway 92 west of Wahoo was closed during the day; this evening, that closure extended east of Wahoo to the town of Mead.

There's major concern about high water in the Saunders County town of Ashland, about 30 miles west of Omaha.

About 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, sandbags were being put in place in Platte Center.

Widespread flooding has been reported also on Shell Creek, from Lindsay to Columbus, leaving multiple county roads closed. Highway 81 north of Columbus had water on southbound lanes near the creek on Wednesday afternoon. Just west of Columbus, the Loup River had spilled out its banks on the south side at 295th Avenue and north of 197th Street in Platte County.

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Flooding has also been reported 6 miles north of Arlington, in Washington County.

Highway 91 has been closed in both directions between Blair and Nickerson due to flooding.

With waters expected to flow overtop of the Maple Creek levee due to an ice jam, Winslow officials were meeting with residents Wednesday morning to discuss evacuation, the National Weather Service reported.

In Dodge County, there were reports of water on roadways. Lanes of Highway 30 near North Bend and the Highways 275/901 junction were reportedly covered with water Wednesday morning.

Nearby County Road J, a paved cutover between Scribner and Highway 77, was closed Wednesday morning, the NWS report stated.

Water was also spotted covering roads near Blair High Road.