Wood River flooding mild compared to March

Schultz Road was one of the roads closed due to flooding. (Credit:Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

WOOD RIVER, Neb. (KSNB) - Patty Debraal woke up Friday morning at the Red Cross Evacuation Shelter, unsure of what was waiting for her back home.

"The unexpected was the worst," she said.

Her home had six feet of water during the March floods and she was expecting it to happen again.

"I was just so grateful that it was in tact," Debraal said. "I didn't know whether to jump up and down, cry or laugh so I did all three. And I thanked God."

The Debraal family wasn't the only ones to come home to a dry house. The city of Wood River was more prepared for this flood and was able to direct the water away from the town.

"We had people going out and checking every two hours or so to see what's coming in town and seeing if our diversion was working, which it was," Fire Department President Jennie Maloney said. "It did an excellent job at what it was doing. We were so thankful and grateful for that part of it."

The intersection of Highway 30 and Cottonwood Drive was washed out in March. A diversion was placed there this time to prevent the water from going into town.

"This time with the diversion, we built a dam," Maloney said. "It kind of converted it to go down into the south ditch of the town and just have it flow by wood river and not necessarily through Wood River."

While this man made barrier held the water back this time, the city is working with the state for a more permanent solution.