As citizens return home, Black Hills Energy urges caution

Published: Mar. 15, 2019 at 8:53 AM CDT
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The evacuation order for Norfolk has been lifted as of Friday at 8:20 a.m. Shelters have begin demobilizing and releasing citizens to their homes. Businesses are opening and returning to normal operation.

There is still one person missing after falling into the flood control levee Thursday morning.

Rescue officials were called out around 4 a.m. to the intersection near First and Benjamin Avenue where a person and their vehicle had been swept away by the water.

In a news conference Friday morning, officials said they located the vehicle but there's no sign of the missing person.

In addition, rescue officials are working to rescue 10 people trapped on Channel Road just southeast of the Highway 274 and Highway 24 junction near Norfolk.

Black Hills Energy continues to respond to flooding concerns across many communities in Nebraska. The natural gas utility is asking customers to visually inspect their natural gas meters. Should the flood waters have affected the gas meters in anyway, customers should contact Black Hills Energy's Emergency response line at 800-694-8989.

Residents should also be alert for signs of a natural gas leak. If a resident should smell a distinctive rotten egg smell, they should leave the area immediately and call 911 or Black Hills Energy's emergency response line.

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