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Rulo, NE Residents Deal with Flooding

Most residents have adapted to the flooding problem but emergency management is on site if conditions get too dangerous.
(RULO, Ne.) Along the Missouri River in Rulo, NE residents have seen their share of flooding over the years and most of them have become accustomed to it.

"I'm not too worried about it.  The only thing I worry about is every year, every year even if it's just slight flood.  Last year it got in about a foot, foot and a half, went right back down and didn't even have to get my pumps out.  I cleaned it out with a garden hose for the most part," said Rulo, NE Resident Jon Harkendorff.

Although Harkendorrf has seen worse the water still does a number on his yard.

"I gotta re-do my yard every year.  I should put stock and grass seed I guess.  I buy about 100 pounds of grass seed a year just to keep my yard going," said Harkendorff.

But he has taken precautions to protect his property.

"I picked everything up, loaded everything up and took trailers and vehicles and everything and went parked it up on a buddies place of mine up here on the hill.  And put everything else up high to where it was out of the flood," said Harkendorff.

Trash and chemicals usually build up in flood waters and can wash up on property, but help cleaning up is available.

"If they need assistance, they call my agency and we get in contact with the Department of Environmental Quality or the EPA to help get rid of those chemicals," said Emergency Management Director Brian Dixon.

Not much more flooding is expected after Tuesday.

"The crest should happen some time tonight with waters receding early tomorrow morning and should be down below flood stage by thursday," said Dixon.

Even though water levels are expected to decrease, Emergency Management will continue to make sure that residents are safe.

"We're going to keep monitoring levels even after we've stopped being here 24 hours a day.  We'll come down every few hours, check water conditions, and make sure residents have their ability to get to and from their residence," said Dixon.

Dixon says that one of the biggest problems is people outside of Rulo coming to see the flooding and either getting too close to the water or holding up traffic, he advises on-lookers to look from a distance.


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