Sheriff: Plan ahead for possible flooding

The Platte River at Louisville on Mar. 8, 2019.
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued a release on Tuesday encouraging county residents to prepare for the possibility of flooding.

The release targets those who live around the Missouri River, Elkhorn River and Platte area. People who live around creeks and tributaries should also be alert.

The sheriff encourages residents to plan for alternate transportation, have proper personal care items and be ready to voluntarily evacuate.

Those who voluntarily evacuate should plan to take family pets with them or make arrangements with the Nebraska Humane Society. Plans should also be made to care for or evacuate livestock.

The release states that multiple agencies are working together to develop a response plan should water rise during the forecasted rain.

Pottawattamie County released a statement saying they are concerned about areas surrounding the Missouri River and many rural areas, including those around the Nishnabotna River.

The county has declared a preemptive disaster emergency for the communities of Avoca, Hancock, Oakland, Carson, Macedonia and Council Bluffs.

The Botna Bend Park buffalo herd and elk are being relocated to a higher elevation within the park as a precaution.

Iowa residents can find preparedness information at the state's Floods and Flash Floods page.