STATE UPDATE: One person missing in floods; Guard deployed to Norfolk, Genoa

Published: Mar. 14, 2019 at 5:12 PM CDT
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In an update with Nebraska officials Thursday afternoon, state officials said one person is missing from flooded areas; the Nebraska National Guard has been deployed in two locations; and a swift-rescue team was dispatched to Columbus.

Gov. Pete Ricketts and several other state officials addressed the media Thursday afternoon in Lincoln to discuss the flooding gripping the state of Nebraska.

Officials confirmed that at least two people went missing in the floods, one was located and one's status is still unknown.

The Nebraska National Guard was deployed to support evacuations in Norfolk and Genoa, and the Lincoln Fire and Rescue Swift Water team was deployed to Columbus.

According to officials, Eppley Airfield and Offutt Air Force Base were ok at the time, but flooding on the Missouri River and feeder rivers will be ongoing.

"The flood threat is not over. It continues," Ricketts said.

The state has helicopter crews on standby, and 3,400 soldiers and airmen with the Nebraska National Guard are also ready to respond.

Water had risen above previously installed flood gates, so 36-inch flood gates were being installed where necessary.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation had 600 trucks and 1,000 workers out maintaining roads. Those officials confirmed four structures were gone, which include bridges over Highway 39, Highway 12, Highway 11 and Highway 281.

Interstate 80 remained closed at the time from Grand Island to Wyoming, but NDOT said it is working with agencies in neighboring states to get that open when it is safe.

The Nebraska State Patrol handled over 200 calls for service during the weather emergency, but the agency said calls were down compared to recent blizzards. That allowed troopers to be diverted to flooded areas to assist.

All resources from the different state agencies have been diverted to address public safety.

Officials asked residents to take caution and heed warnings in order to stay safe on the roads and in their communities.

Watch now as Gov. Ricketts and State Agencies provide an update on flooding and severe weather impacts throughout the state:

Posted by Governor Pete Ricketts on Thursday, March 14, 2019