Officials Say Command System Worked, During Flooding

BEATRICE – Beatrice Fire Chief Brian Daake says going through the most recent flood on the Big Blue River is a learning experience for all involved.  Daake headed response to the flooding under the National Incident Management System, what used to be known as incident command.

:17                  “of things, there”

Daake says police officers and firefighters have gone through training to operate in an incident like this past weekend’s flooding, when highway access was shut off and several streets or roads were closed.

:48                  “in the past”

Mayor Stan Wirth said the fire department and all city and county department heads did a great job during the flooding.

:13                  “lot of calls”

City Councilman Bob Morgan participated in team briefings.  He is Campus President of Southeast Community College in Beatrice.  He credited the response team of department representatives for making well thought-out decisions.

:37                  “organizing everything”

Wirth said Gage County Emergency Manager Lisa Wiegand did a great job helping to coordinate things between the county and the city.  Daake said Wiegand handled the repair process with a river gauge that had showed some differences with historical flood levels, and their effect on the area.

Officials learned the gauge was reading about a foot lower than the actual river level.

At five a.m., Tuesday, the level of the Big Blue River had dropped to 21.6 feet…down from the crest of nearly 27 feet reached, Sunday morning.

Flood stage is 18 feet, and National Weather Service experts project the river will drop below that level, on Wednesday.

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