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'Angels of the sky' offer flights into flooded Nebraska city


A Nebraska city walled off by massive flooding is getting a big lift from private pilots who are offering free flights to shuttle stranded residents to and from their hometown.

Authorities say flooding from the Platte River and other waterways is so bad that just one highway lane into Fremont remains uncovered, and access to that road is severely restricted.

Airport officials estimate that more than 500 people have caught flights on small aircraft flown by volunteers. Many were stranded outside of town during the flood and weren't able to get back to their homes, while others needed a ride out of town for medical appointments or to reunite with family.  One grateful passenger calls them "angels of the sky."