Wood River residents work against flood waters

WOOD RIVER, Neb. (KSNB) - Hundreds of people from Wood River and surrounding towns came to fill sandbags so people can line their basement windows and vents. They are preparing for things to get worse before they get better.

Nebraskans young and old came together to help prepare the people of Wood River for ongoing flooding. There are still a couple more days before the Wood River is expected to crest.

“It's scary, I mean you do care for these people and if you're at home right now you're going to be in your home for the next couple of days,” Wood River Fire Department President Jenie Maloney said.

Hundreds of people came out to fill thousands of sandbags. They delivered them by the dozens to people who are at risk of rising water.

“Right now we're actually letting the water flow through wood river the town itself because that's its natural way to go,” Maloney said. “But along Cottonwood Street over here at old Highway 11 that little short drive it is flooding underneath there and that is the part that's causing the problems at this time.”

Wood River is under a voluntary evacuation notice as of right now. Some people are starting to set up at the high school for the night.

Some streets in town are completely impassable from flood water.

“Hopefully by tonight people will be prepared since we are sandbagging, they'll be ready,” Wood River Resident Melissa Gideon said.

People talked about how they are proud of their community for helping those who are worried about their homes and they are praying for the waters to recede.

“I think you know something is going to happen to you people are going to come help you,” Gideon said.

For anyone who is going to evacuate, the shelter does not take animals, but the Central Nebraska Humane Society says they will take in people's pets when they are in the shelter.