Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breeches levees

Anthony Thomson (left) and Melody Walton make their way out of a flooded neighborhood Sunday in Fremont. Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in Nebraska and Iowa as levees succumbed to the rush of water. 

A sometimes tearful Sen. Lynne Walz of Fremont arose on the floor of the Legislature on Monday to praise the grit of her constituents and the first responders who came to their aid in the wake of the flood that isolated her community for days.

It's been "extremely impressive" to see businesses, churches, nonprofits, city officials, first responders, volunteers and Fremont's citizens come together to deal with the challenge, she said.

Some first responders worked 78 to 92 hours "non-stop without relief," Walz said.

Some 1,100 people are now housed in shelters in Fremont, she said, and "housing will be an issue" once the floodwaters recede and the damage is fully assessed.

It was difficult, the tearful senator said, to leave her community to come to Lincoln for Monday's legislative session.

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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