NEBRASKA CITY – Otoe County Emergency Management Director Gregg Goebel told the crowd at NCTC’s Hot Topics Wednesday that the storm heading for Nebraska today and Thursday could mean more bad news for flooding.
Goebel: “Anytime the river rises it’s going to affect areas that are already affected.”
The National Weather Service’s Brian Barjenbruch says another extreme storm could drop as much as two feet of snow in the north, produce quarter-size hail in south central Nebraska and trigger a tornado watch for southeast Nebraska.
Until the levee system is repaired along the Missouri River, it adds up to more flooding.
Goebel: “Those areas we are looking at the closest are on the northern border of the state that feed into the watershed that comes down the Missouri River. That will affect us.”
Goebel said the prospect of flooding through a “wetter than normal” summer has Otoe County officials looking for long-term housing for displaced workers.
Goebel said local industries have a lot of employees who live in Iowa and Missouri. Over 200 workers have been displaced because their homes were flooded or they can not make the 140-mile round trip.
Local industries have been putting workers up at local hotels at reduced rates, but those rates will rise as the spring tourism season gets underway.
He said the Syracuse Hospital has offered its facility within the city limits for the industries to emergency housing.