Gov. Pete Ricketts got a first-hand, aerial view of the damage left in the wake of the tornado that hit Roseland Wednesday evening.
Ricketts flew over the area in a State Highway Patrol helicopter, observing damage not only to Roseland, but also Hebron and Deshler.
Ricketts saw the damage in and around Roseland as a tornado swept through the southeast part of the small community near Hastings.
“Saw where the tornado had started south of the city, had moved into the city, had destroyed a couple of homes and damaged several others,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Residents of the Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Deshler had to be evacuated as floodwaters swamped the facility.
Ricketts declared an emergency in wake of the storms, making state resources available to local officials responding to the aftermath. The National Guard has been activated to respond to emergencies, such as the numerous road closings throughout south-central and southeast Nebraska.
“I suspect with some of the stuff that is going on with the roads that may be one of the potentials there that we will have to help some of the communities,” according to Ricketts.
Ricketts says there’s a message in the aftermath of this early May storm.
“At this time of year, we have to be very cognizant that we can have severe weather,” Ricketts says. “In particular, flying over Deshler, I saw some cars that had been swept off the side of the road. And it really made me think we really need to make sure people know they should not try to mess with floodwaters. Where we had the utility lines down in Roseland, people should not go near downed utility lines. We need to be respectful of Mother Nature here.”