Sandbagging Underway on West Military After Levee Fails in West Fremont

Sandbagging Underway on West Military After Levee Fails in West Fremont
Shot looking back toward Wholestone Farms, Fremont Beef and the new Lincoln Premium Poultry complex.

FREMONT – City Administrator Brian Newton called in this morning to provide an update on the flooding throughout south Fremont and Inglewood that is now encroaching on southwest Fremont neighborhoods like Davenport.

“It was a long night,” Newton said. “We had a lot of great help.” He pointed out that volunteer support has been outstanding, with volunteers showing up in the middle of the night to help lay sandbags at Ridge Road and Military Avenue.

Unfortunately, there was a new levee break this morning, which resulted in a Flash Flood Warning for all of Fremont and a mandatory evacuation order for the Davenport neighborhood. “What happened was, a levee west of Ventura that broke – the water is diverting from the Platte and coming down West Military,” said Newton. “We are actually dumping dirt and sandbagging to keep the water from coming into town on Military, trying to divert that water.”

Sandbagging has begun today with filling at Gerhold Concrete (3300 N Broad) in Fremont and placement at West Military and County Road 19. About 30 volunteers showed up to fill right away, and more are welcome at either location. Sandbagging will continue this morning.

There continue to be rumors that Fremont’s drinking water is compromised. We cannot stress this enough – that is not true. Fremont’s drinking water is a fully closed system and it is above the flood plain – Fremont’s drinking water is safe and clean. Please do not allow this rumor to spread and cause panic.

Hear Brian Newton’s full remarks: