North Loup Fights Flooding

By: Sara Geake Email
By: Sara Geake Email

The water is receding, but North Loup's flooding nightmare is far from over.

"It was all the way up to main street," said Jim Goodrich, chairman of the North Loup Village Board. "[It was] running down main street about 8 inches deep. Basically, half the town was under water."

Two dams in north central Nebraska broke on Saturday. One was in Loup County, the other near North Loup.

Region 26's emergency manager says when the Bredthauer Dam near North Loup broke, and a surge of water caused major flooding in the small town.

That surge has since passed the community, but the saturated ground is still causing big problems. Residents were digging out plugged culverts on Sunday in hopes of getting the water to start flowing away from their homes.

The Red Cross is providing assistance and going door-to-door to assess the damage to homes.

"[It's] mostly flooded basements," said Bob Ferguson, a Red Cross volunteer. "There are a few cases where the foundation has started to collapse."

Ferguson said that as of early Sunday afternoon only about two homes volunteers had been to had water in their living areas, but they expected to find more as they got to the harder hit side of North Loup.

Goodrich said they had tested the water and found it was still safe, but the potential for water problems remains.

"Our sewer system got flooded yesterday, and we're trying to rectify that situation," he said. "We're telling people to use minimal water and not to distress the system any more than they have to, so we've set up portable outhouses all over town."

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Scotia Community Center for residents in need. A shelter has not been set up in North Loup because of the sewer problems.

Sara Geake will have more from North Loup tonight on 10/11 News at 10.

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