COLUMBUS – Caution is being urged as one fatality has been confirmed due to the conditions in Platte County.
Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency officials held a press conference Thursday evening to provide updates on the impacts of the severe weather and flooding around the state. In the conference, officials said that two individuals are unaccounted for, and one fatality has been confirmed in Platte County.
Nine Lincoln Urban Search and Rescue members were deployed to Columbus earlier today, and five to 20 people, along with five dogs, were on a list for rescue in Columbus. A priority was placed on a family with a child, and it is unknown at this time the status of the residents in need of rescue.
Along with the aid provided to Columbus, multiple high-water vehicles and National Guard soldiers were deployed to both Norfolk and Genoa to help with stranded individuals and evacuations. Sandbagging has been done throughout the state, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has had requests for 22,000 sandbags.
Officials say that details involving the fatality will be released at a later time, and we will provide you with all of the latest information as it becomes available.