U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement in response to the hazardous weather conditions across Nebraska.

“We’re tough and resilient people, and the most important thing right now for Nebraskans is to listen to the warnings of emergency management personnel. Governor Ricketts and I have been in contact about the current weather conditions in our state. The Governor and our emergency and first responders are working overtime. Be prepared and stay safe.”

The following information is from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA):

Safety and Security: Evacuations are taking place throughout the state at this time. Travel is extremely dangerous with conditions changing rapidly. Non-essential travel is not advised.

Transportation: Road conditions continue to deteriorate across the state. Information on road closures can be found on the Nebraska 511 map at https://www.511.nebraska.gov. Nebraska 511 provides the most up-to-date travel conditions. Nebraska 511 can be accessed through the 511 smartphone app or by dialing 511.

The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Highway Helpline is available 24 hours per day for motorists in need of assistance. Drivers can reach NSP by dialing *55 from any cell phone or 911 in an emergency.

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have been working with local officials and Nebraska Game and Parks officers on water rescues overnight and into the morning. NSP has deployed two light armored vehicles (LAV) to assist with water rescue in north central and northeast Nebraska. The LAVs are able to reach places that a normal rescue vehicle cannot.

Troopers are also being repositioned from less affected areas to the more affected areas to assist with flood response. Additional troopers have also been called in from required days off to assist in these emergency situations. 

Troopers in the western part of the state responded to several stranded vehicles last night, mostly on local roads. All state roads and I-80 remain closed in the Nebraska panhandle.