- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WATERLOO, Neb. (AP) - At least three people have been rescued from flooding caused by an ice jam on the Platte River in western Douglas County, just west of Omaha.

Authorities say floodwaters began creeping up on the Two Rivers State Recreation Area about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. The three people rescued had called for help when they became stranded in a pickup. No injuries have been reported.

Firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and an Omaha police helicopter helped rescue efforts, and then officers began notifying nearby residents about the danger along the river. Some left for safety on higher ground.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for southwestern Douglas, eastern Saunders and northwestern Sarpy counties that expired at 5:45 p.m.

Officials say the earliest possible removal of the ice jam would be Thursday morning.


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