Clean Up Underway in Hard Hit Winslow, North Bend, Fremont Areas

Clean Up Underway in Hard Hit Winslow, North Bend, Fremont Areas
This photo from the Hooper Volunteer Fire Department shows the flooding on the road between Hooper & Winslow

FREMONT – Today marks a week since historic flooding and blizzard conditions began to ravage Nebraska. In our area, the clean up phase is slowly getting underway, with many residents returning home to pick up the pieces over the last few days: a process that will continue over many coming days, weeks and even months.

In Fremont, clean up volunteers should contact the Fremont Area Volunteer Reception Center, which has been moved to Delaney Hall at St. Patrick’s Church – 3400 E 16th Street in Fremont. The current VRC contact is Ashley Mueller, Disaster Education Coordinator. The contact information for the Fremont Area VRC is: 402 253-0448 or fremontnebraskavrc@gmail.com.

The Waste Transfer Station has extended weekend hours right now to help facilitate clean up. Get more information about hours for disposal, appliance disposal and check the FEMA recommended guidelines for flood clean up here.

Outside Fremont:

The General Command Center, Volunteer Check-In, and Donation and Distribution Site for North Bend residents are all located at North Bend Central High School. For any general questions, call (402) 919-2337. If you want to volunteer in North Bend, provide equipment for clean up or volunteer your time for clean up, call (402) 919-3976. For donations or distribution of supplies, please call (402) 919-3976.

The North Bend Volunteer Fire Department shared this message on social media Thursday morning: “At this time, the Donation Depot at NBC is focused on accepting squeegees, scoop shovels, power washers, fans, and shop vacs. If you have finished using any of these items, please return them to the volunteer station (NBC main entrance) so others can use.”

For more information about North Bend operations, click here.

Winslow residents were able to begin returning to their homes on Tuesday afternoon, according to Fire Chief Klein after crews were successful in pumping the water out from the interior of town, they began clearing off the streets and residents have been allowed to enter the city on clean up only after an informational meeting with the Red Cross was held. Winslow is now open to residents and volunteers, as of 11:50AM Thursday.

To access Winslow, you must sign in and receive clearance from the Hooper Volunteer Fire Department by checking in at the Hooper City Auditorium. Call 402-654-3812 for more information. No electricity in the city, and residents are under strict orders not to use the water.

Per the Village of Winslow for clean up:

1. Set out debris on the curb and SEPARATE IT into the piles listed below.

2. Village will pick up debris and transport it to a loading site still being determined.

3. Village will collect curbside as early as Thursday, if possible.

 

Additional Services Available to all Residents:

Case Management hours at the Fremont City Auditorium are from 9 am to 4 pm for those affected by the flood needing additional services – anyone in the area who was affected by these floods is welcome to all supplies and services at the City Auditorium. You do not have to be a resident of Fremont to receive help.

There are lots of resources and more are coming online every day.  Here are a few hotlines that can help as we recover:

  • Nebraskans needing property cleanup can contact the Crisis Clean Up Hotline: 833-556-2476.
  • Farmers in need of hay, feed stuffs, fencing materials, volunteer help, equipment, etc. should call the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 1-800-831-0550.
  • Businesses can call the U.S. Chamber’s Disaster Help Desk for Business at 1-888-692-4943.
  • NEMA has set up a hotline for general questions from the public.  The number is 402-817-1551.
  • For all other needs for assistance call 211.
  • If you have an emergency, you should dial 911.

Additional resources and links for volunteering:

Infrastructure: To check the conditions and status of state roads, please visit www.511.nebraska.gov.

Released Evacuations:

As of 12PM on Thursday, per the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, previous evacuation orders covering Ames, West of Fremont at Meadow Brook, Westlake, Westgate, Royal Estates are LIFTED!
 
Residents of these areas can begin returning to assess their property immediately.
 
Ridge Road, Lake Leba, Rod & Gun Club and the Fremont Lakes SRA areas are all still considered devastated and under mandatory evacuation. There are reports of residents walking in to this neighborhood – this is strongly discouraged as first responders will not be able to enter to aid you in an emergency due to barricades still actively holding water back.

 

Mayor Scott Getzschman provided an update about the condition of this area on Wednesday afternoon.

Shelter Information

Shelter operations are being consolidated. As of 11:00AM Wednesday the Red Cross listed two shelter locations in Fremont:

  • First Lutheran Church, 3200 Military Avenue
  • Salem Lutheran Church, 401 E. Military Avenue

The shelter at the Fremont Middle School was consolidated into these locations today in preparation for students to return to school on Monday and in response to some of the displaced returning home.

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