Emergency crews rescue Kenesaw family from flooded home

A Nebraska Game and Parks air boat carried a Kenesaw family to safety after being trapped in their flooded home overnight. (Source: Adams County Emergency Management)
A Nebraska Game and Parks air boat carried a Kenesaw family to safety after being trapped in their flooded home overnight. (Source: Adams County Emergency Management)(KSNB)
Published: May. 25, 2020 at 5:34 AM CDT
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Sunday night's storm caused devastating flooding in parts of Adams County, causing a multi agency rescue for a Kenesaw family trapped inside their flooded farmstead.

It took two rescue attempts and several emergency crews to get Chase and Darci Hosier, their five kids and family dog out of the house.

Chase Hosier returned to their house after work around 1 a.m. Monday to find water pouring into his home.

"I grabbed my big pump and started pumping, and the next thing I know it had filled the entire basement and was coming up on the first floor," Hosier said.

That's when he called 911.

Kenesaw and Hastings Fire & Rescue Departments attempted a rescue shortly after.

Poor road conditions proved to be their first challenge.

"It took us a long time to try to get to the people on the residence," said Brandon Bockstadter, fire chief with Kenesaw Volunteer Fire Department. "Roads were impassable. We had to back track a lot."

Attempts overnight to remove the family from their home on North Constitution Avenue north of Kenesaw were unsuccessful.

Bockstadter said it was too dark outside, and they couldn't see anything. The rescue had to wait until morning.

While they waited, the Hosier hunkered down on the second floor of their house.

A second attempt was made around 7 a.m. A Nebraska Game and Parks air boat was used in the rescue, bringing the whole family and their dog to safety.

The Hosier rested up at the Kenesaw Fire Department.

"As long as I have my family, I'm good. That's all that matters. I don't care about any of the stuff," Chase Hosier said.

Hosier said they will be staying with friends until which time they can get back to their home, although they are not sure when, or if that'll be possible.

He said the basement is completely filled with water, and the first floor has about three feet of water.

A family friend started a

page to help cover damages caused by the flooding.

In addition to severe structural damage, they lost furniture, appliances, toys, tools and animal food.


Drivers, be careful if you head out Monday morning after rain overnight leads to areas of flooding.

Adams County Emergency Manager Ron Pughes tells Local4 that there are road hazards in northwest Adams County.

He said to expect impassable roads around 94th, Wanda, Constitution and to the east of there.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for northwestern Adams County until noon.

Emergency management reported flash flooding due to heavy rain in and especially near the town of Kenesaw.

Also there was some flooding in Hall County.

The Hall County Sheriff's Department shared some photos to its Facebook page.

Remember if you come upon a flooded road: Turn Around, Don't Drown.

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