Sarpy County residents evacuate near Platte River overnight

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SARPY COUNTY, Neb. (WOWT) -- Rushing water and knocks on the door were what woke up neighbors on Hanson Lake just south of Bellevue early Friday morning.

Floodwaters rose quickly overnight.

"Almost everybody has evacuated," Sarpy County Lt. Dan Golda said. "There's a couple house where they decided to stay."

That was not what officials were hoping for, hours before Sarpy County encouraged all residents near the Platte and Missouri Rivers to leave and head to higher ground.

"It is best to go," Lt. Golda said. "That's why we're asking people to leave. We're concerned for everybody's safety."

The road leading to that area was closed, but it did not stop at least one car from driving through the rushing floodwaters.

On the other side of Highway 75 near La Platte, water rose quickly over a levee and onto the road.

"I feel bad about people on the south side," Bill Miller said. "At least we've got a dike here. They don't have a dike on the south side."

Miller's son owns nearby Falconwood Park. They were asked to evacuate the area Thursday. Just another obstacle for an area hit by strong winds from tornadoes two years ago.

"We're still working on cleaning that up," Miller said. "We just don't need any more problems."

With the water running its course into the weekend, those nearby are holding out hope.

"Hopefully, we don't get burnt too badly," Miller said.