Flood Waters Affect Nebraska City Commuters

By: Dennis Burke Email
By: Dennis Burke Email

The Missouri River flood is now affecting Nebraska City in Otoe county. The highway 2 corridor between Nebraska City and I-29 in Iowa is expected to close as flood waters wash over the road. That could cause an additional three hour commute for Nebraska City drivers.

In addition to the corridor, several businesses along the river are now underwater, and the city is worried about a solid waste plant and water treatment facility located near the river as well.

Ellis Wood owns the Wood Family Fuel gas station along the corridor. He says his business is going to be devastated when the corridor closes.

"I'm sure I'll see sales go down significantly. You know, not only this week, it'll be a rest of the year type of event," says Wood.

That's because the water isn't expected to go down until after summer.

Larry Lawton is a resident of Nebraska City. He knows how much the corridor closing will hurt commuters.

"There's over 200 people that live in Iowa that work here in Nebraska City. And if you close that, where are they gonna go?," says Lawton.

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