PLATTSMOUTH, NÉB. – Midwestern areas flooded with floods Rains and snowmelt have caused river flooding in parts of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.
In Plattsmouth, Nebraska, the Missouri River has reached record heights – up to 20 meters – submerging many homes and businesses. On Monday, part of one of the city's major thoroughfares, Main Street, was submerged with water that had spilled over the river. The warnings on the flooded roads were the only things that indicated to the spectators that a causeway was under water.
Gary Young, who was trying to assess the damage to his motorhome floating about a kilometer away, was among the people who came to see the damage. He, his wife and their dog lived there without any problem all winter, until the floods begin this weekend and force them to evacuate.
"We thought we still had a day or two to get our things out," said Young. "[We] I went to bed that night, got up at 5 in the morning and my wife said that the water was already running down the road. We made the decision to seize what we could, recover the vehicles and get the vehicles out. "
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Young and his wife thought that with the water already starting to cover the road they would probably not be allowed to go home. They decided that it was better to catch their dog and go to the shelter.
"It's difficult, but in the long run, I'm safe, my wife is safe and we've taken our dog out," he said. "That's the most important thing."
Young and his wife stay at a hotel in Council Bluffs, Iowa, about an hour's drive from Plattsmouth and all the closed roads. He said that they would probably go with their family to Glenwood, Iowa, southeast of Council Bluffs, but that other floods are to be expected over the next two days, this city might have to end to its water supply.
"It's a bit in the air right now where we could meet."
The city of Plattsmouth has declared a water emergency. Officials urged locals to conserve water, explaining that the city's water treatment plant had been inundated.
"To protect the plant from further damage, it will be closed as soon as safely possible," reads the website of the city.
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Ron Ballinger, who has lived in the city all his life, said he witnessed many floods but never the magnitude of what had flooded parts of Plattsmouth.
"It's devastating. Thousands of people have lost their homes, "Ballinger said, observing all the damage caused by the floods. "My niece alone has lost three houses and her cabin."
He said that she was able to escape the flood with most of her belongings. However, Ballinger said everyone was not as lucky as his niece.
"When you look north, all these villages are devastated. All houses lost. Where are we going to put them? People need to help them because they have nowhere to go now. "
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As Young tries to figure out what he and his wife are going to do, there is a bright spot in the fog of devastation.
"The golf cart is still there and the camper is still there, I guess it's a blessing for the moment."