More rain this morning only added to the flooding problem along the Rawhide Creek and Elkhorn River in Douglas County. Rich Tesar is with the Papio Natural Resources District and says the water is still rising. He says they many people in the King Lake area near the Elkhorn River are now stranded.
“Just got a report of a trapped family on the north side of King Lake and we are trying to get an airboat up to that area.”
Tesar says they are rapidly trying to get airboats into the area but the rapid flow of the flood waters makes that extremely dangerous even for these boats. He says also talked with a concerned family member about a 79-year old relative who was trapped by the high water.
Tesar says lowlands near the Elkhorn River are under water.
“The Wayside Apple farm, a little apple farm on the west side of 252nd Street is completely inundated at this point.”
Tesar says the only way to get to people in the King Lake area in western Douglas County is by boat.
“The river flow at the entrance at King Lake by the bar is phenomenally swift at this point.”
In the Omaha metro area, Bellevue authorities are closing Haworth Park near the Missouri River. Campers are being evacuated at this time.