Residents in 169 homes in the west part of Fairbury were evacuated yesterday because of rising floodwaters. The 110 residents live in homes located west of railroad tracks. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency reports 26 people were housed at the American Lutheran Church.
Endicott evacuated a brick yard manufacturing facility.
In Saline County, Dewitt had four or more feet of water throughout the town, and the village board and fire chief instituted an overnight curfew, which is to be lifted at 8 a-m. Every home in the community has water in the basement and there was a report of one basement collapse. No injuries have been reported.
Officials used two volunteer fire department trucks and a Plymouth volunteer fire department truck to help conduct a voluntary evacuation. The village also used a loader to pull small boats, helping to evacuate residents.
In Thayer County, Parkview Nursing Home and a half dozen homes were flooded in Deshler. Officials evacuated 43 people to Deshler Public School. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services officials were assessing needs of other assisted living facilities.
Public Health Solutions has been monitoring public water systems in communities where flooding has occurred.
Forecasters predict more rain through the weekend for eastern Nebraska with the potential for more severe weather. In the panhandle, snow is likely, with higher elevations facing six to eight inches of snow by Sunday night.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice