- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

DEWITT, Neb. (AP) - After flooding forced evacuations this spring, DeWitt has purchased a system to be able to notify residents about future threats.

The system should give residents more time to evacuate and also will be used by Tri-County Public Schools, The Beatrice Daily Sun reported (https://bit.ly/1DT75K4 ).

DeWitt Village Clerk Lynne Parde said officials had a hard time contacting residents during the May flooding.

“There was nothing we could do during first big flood in May,” Parde said. “With this, we could have woken people and given them a heads up.”

Residents can learn more about the system Sunday at a community appreciation event at the DeWitt Community Center. Black Hills Energy is helping sponsor the event.

The area around DeWitt received almost 12 inches of rain in early May, leading to severe flooding. Less than a month later, more rain caused additional problems.

Parde said much of the damage from the flooding was hidden in basements, so the problems weren’t as clear as after a thunderstorm.

Volunteers from the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort and Southern Baptist Group played a key role in helping DeWitt residents clean up, Parde said.

“If we wouldn’t have had the two crews that came in with their knowledge and training, it would have been a lot worse,” she said. “They were able to scrub down the mold within days.”

But the town is slowly recovering.

“I would say that I’m aware of, there’s about 25 homes that have significantly damaged basement walls and things,” she said. “For the most part things are back to normal. I know some people are still waiting on insurance.”


Information from: Beatrice Sun, https://www.beatricedailysun.com

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