Paradise Lakes Mobile Homes Slated for Destruction

Feb 28, 2020

A flood-damaged mobile home park in Bellevue will be torn down. Bellevue city officials say demolition of more than 200 mobile homes at Paradise Lakes will start in about 30 days. The mobile homes were condemned after they were damaged by floodwaters in March 2019.  The mobile homes have attracted looters and have been the scene of house fires over the past year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Omaha District says work crews have closed the final breach of a Missouri River levee in the far northwest corner of Missouri that broke open during massive flooding last year. The break just southwest of Rock Port was one of several along the levee section that saw thousands of rural acres submerged and a section of Interstate 29 and other roads in the region damaged and closed to traffic. The Corps says crews will continue restoring the levee section to its pre-flood height.

Last March, Eastern Nebraska and surrounding areas experienced record-breaking floods especially along the Platte and Elkhorn Rivers.  This spring, the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting an “above-normal” flood risk in the same areas.

Butch Kinerney is Chief of Marketing and Outreach for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Butch stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about  flood risk in the Eastern NE region, tips to help residents prepare for floods, and resources to find more information.

More information and resources from FEMA can be found at:

  • website
  • Info about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program
  • brochure that answers the question “Why do I need flood insurance?”

A stretch of rural highway in eastern Nebraska that was closed by flooding has reopened.A 9-mile (14.5-kilometer) stretch of U.S. Highway 275 between Scribner and West Point had been closed Friday because ice jams had backed up the nearby Elkhorn River, causing the flooding. The Nebraska Transportation Department reopened the highway on Saturday.  

The Nebraska Department of Transportation has closed a stretch of Highway 275 between West Point and Highway 91 this morning as ice jams pushed Elkhorn River waters over the roadway.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said they are expecting one of its biggest spring runoff seasons on record and also has been keeping an eye on ice jams in the area.

Ice jams are not all that uncommon this time of year, but the situation near Scribner prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory earlier this week.

Authorities say an ice jam is causing minor flooding near Loup City in central Nebraska's Sherman County. The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory that is scheduled to expire Tuesday afternoon. The flooding is occurring in low-lying areas near the Nebraska Highway 10 bridge over the Middle Loup River south of Loup City and the Nebraska Highway 92 bridge just west of town. The service says the flooding is expected to continue until the jam breaks up, which could take several days. 

(Brownville, NE)  --  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is announcing a special inspection to be conducted at Nebraska's Cooper Nuclear Power Plant.  The NRC says it will be reviewing the circumstances that contributed to a recent problem with one of the Brownville plant's two service water systems.  According to the federal commission, the Cooper plant was operating at full power on December 6th when the plant operator was unable to establish water flow through a large pipe that discharges water used to cool some of the plant's safety-related equipment.  It was determined that large buildu

Eight months after flooding began along the lower Missouri River, the amount of water being released from dams upriver will start to be reduced later this month.

Council Bluffs Suffers Sewer Damages

Nov 7, 2019

Flooding is impacting Council Bluffs' infrastructure. Mayor Matt Walsh says underground flooding over the last 18-months has resulted in more than ten-million-dollars in sewer damage. Walsh says the city has seen sewer collapses underneath viaducts. City officials hope FEMA can help residents who experienced flooded basements with repair costs.


Officials say a late harvest, wet corn and the fall chill have combined to multiply demand for propane in Iowa and other states.

Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding along the Missouri River has stretched on for seven months in places and could endure through the winter, leaving some Upper Midwest farmland and possibly some homes encased in ice. There are several reasons for the flooding, including high levels along the river, saturated ground and broken levees. And with forecasters predicting a wetter-than-normal winter, it’s possible flooding could continue in some places all the way until spring, when the normal flood season begins. “There’s no end in sight.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After an unusually rainy September in the region, the amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is likely to match the 2011 record.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it now expects 61 million acre feet of water to flow down the Missouri River this year. That would equal the record set during the prolonged 2011 flooding.

So the Corps will continue releasing massive amounts of water from the dams along the river.

Part Of I-29 Now Closed Due To Flooding

Sep 20, 2019

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  Flooding has closed part of Interstate 29 in western Iowa.  The closure in both directions is between Exit 61 near Crescent to Exit 71 at the Interstate 680 interchange at Loveland.  It comes as WOWT-TV reports a third levee was breached.

Part Of I-29 Could Close Today Due To Flooding

Sep 18, 2019

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  Part of Interstate 29 in western Iowa could close once again today.  The Iowa Department of Transportation says the closure could happen by this afternoon's commute near the Honey Creek area north of Council Bluffs.  Water is expected to come over the road as area rivers swell.  The D-O-T is asking people to visit 511 I-A dot org for the latest information.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State officials say some Nebraska wildlife management areas are still closed because of flooding and high water.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says hunters could encounter access problems because some county roads to the areas are closed or difficult to drive.

The commission says the following areas are closed or partially closed:

Plattsmouth Residents Reminded To Conserve Water

Aug 22, 2019

(Plattsmouth, NE)  --  Plattsmouth residents are being reminded they still need to conserve water.  The city's website says it's seen a spike in water use over the last few days and the city is running out of its supply.  Plattsmouth has been under a water emergency order since flooding started back in March.  The city's plant remains offline and is still surrounded by water.  The city says the ten-million dollar project to repair the plant could be finished as soon as September 1st.

Flood Advisory In Omaha Remains In Effect

Jul 23, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The National Weather Service has a flood advisory in effect for the Missouri River in the Omaha area.  The notice issued last night says the advisory will remain in effect until further notice.  The waters were measured at over 27-feet last night.  The Missouri River flood stage caps off at 29-feet.  The river is expected to hit more than 28-feet by early Tuesday.  The advisory cautions residents not to try driving through roads covered in water.

Flood Damage Assessment Underway

Jul 11, 2019

(Kearney, NE)  --  Flood damage assessment is underway in Kearney.  Emergency management officials say between 300 and 400 people remained evacuated in the town as of yesterday.  Heavy rains on Tuesday forced the evacuation of hotels near Second Avenue and Talmadge as well as two mobile home parks and houses in south Kearney.  Emergency crews rescued one driver yesterday morning after their truck was swept off a water-covered road. 

Flooding Forces Evacuations In Kearney

Jul 10, 2019

(Kearney, NE)  --  Flooding is forcing evacuations in Kearney.  Up to four inches of rain fell in Kearney late Monday night and early yesterday morning leading to evacuations of hotels in the area of Second and Talmadge.  Emergency shelters for displaced tourists and residents were set up at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  Kearney police helped more than two dozen stranded drivers during the storm.

The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will remain at a high level because of all the rain that fell in the area over the last month.

Disaster Declaration Issued

Jun 3, 2019

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  A new disaster declaration is in effect for Council Bluffs, Crescent and Pottawattamie County.  The declaration was issued on Friday due to renewed flooding along the Missouri River.  The Missouri River is expected to crest today at more than 31 feet, and it is expected to remain at that level until Wednesday.  Local officials also submitted a request to the Iowa governor's office to reactivate the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents who have been affected by the flooding.

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Only weeks after reopening in the wake of historic flooding along the Missouri River in March, Interstate 29 on and off ramps for Highway 2 in southwest Iowa have again closed due to flooding.

Highway 2 connects southwest Iowa to Nebraska City, Nebraska, over the Missouri River. The Omaha World-Herald reports that as of Saturday morning, floodwater was covering the ramps to the highway from I-29.

Flood Damage Roads Causing Traffic Problems

May 7, 2019

  Flood-damaged roads are leading to traffic problems in Elkhorn.  Closures have been in effect on portions of Dodge, Q and Center streets since the March floods.  As a result, congestion has been reported on West Maple Road and other streets.  West Dodge is expected to reopen to traffic next month, and West Center is scheduled to reopen in July.

Gov. Ricketts, India Assoc. Present Check To United Way

Apr 30, 2019

Tens-of-thousands of dollars are pouring into the United Way of Midlands for flood recovery.  Governor Pete Ricketts joined the India Association of Nebraska and Hindu Temple yesterday to present a 54-thousand-dollar check to the United Way.  WOWT reports the money was raised during a three-hour luncheon back in March.  Ricketts says Nebraska has received about 60-million dollars in financial aid since the flooding started but he estimates the state has about 85-million dollars worth of damage.

Another Mobile Home Park Lost To Flooding

Apr 24, 2019

Another Bellevue mobile home park will have to be torn down following flooding.  The Sands Trailer Park was heavily damaged by flooding along the Platte River last month.  Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis said the park's owners are working with the county and FEMA on plans to demolish the park's 40 homes.  Most residents had until April 15th to remove their belongings from the trailer park.


Paradise Lakes Homes To Be Demolished

Apr 23, 2019

A flood-damaged Bellevue mobile home park is facing demolition.  A barricade went up yesterday at the entrance to Paradise Lakes after residents finished gathering their belongings on Sunday.  All of the units at the mobile home park have been ruled to be contaminated after last month's floods.  Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike says the city is working to make sure the mobile homes are demolished as soon as possible.


(Undated, IA)  --  Construction on the flood damaged part of Interstate-29 in southwest Iowa is underway.  The Iowa Department of Transportation says it's working to repair a stretch of the interstate from U.S. Highway 34 all the way to the Missouri border and it plans to have it back open by June.  Updates on construction are available on the Iowa DOT website.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The flooding that devastated huge swaths of Nebraska may put a dent in the state budget and force the postponement of other expenses, but officials said the recovery costs should be manageable.

Lawmakers are bracing for a likely wave of state agency budget requests in the next fiscal year as the state government's share of the total cost becomes clearer.

Sen. John Stinner, of Gering, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, says lawmakers want to ensure the state has enough cash to handle new flood-related expenses as well as future weather disasters.

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  The governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri are calling for changes in flood management on the Missouri River.  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says states need to take an active role:  

(Offutt Air Force Base, NE)  --  Offutt Air Force Base is resuming runway activity after it was closed from a flood-out.  Officials said yesterday that inspections revealed no structural problems.  It's not yet clear when nine aircrafts that were evacuated during the recent severe flooding might return, according to a report from the Air Force Times. Floodwaters have not yet completely receded from all portions of the base.