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08
May

Flood Related Death

On Thursday morning the 7th of May 2015 members of the Fairbury Fire Departments attempted to make contact and evacuate Mrs. Betty McMullen 86 yoa of rural Fairbury. Her residence had been surrounded by flood waters. The firefighters searched and could not locate Mrs. McMullen at the residence or farmstead. At that time the basement was completely full of flood water. The conditions were very treacherous for rescue personnel and the search was suspended until conditions improved. Rescue personnel returned to the scene between 9pm and 11pm and searched the scene again and Mrs. McMullen was not found.

On Friday morning the 8th of May rescue personnel returned to the scene and pumped the water from the basement. Mrs. McMullen was found deceased in the basement.  

Fri
08
May

Per Ed Durfee and the Field Board, the ball fields are closed until further notice.

Per Ed Durfee and the Field Board, the ball fields are closed until further notice.  

Fri
08
May

Keeping Our Children Safe After the Flooding

 

 

Many of our residents have been impacted by flood waters. Now, as the waters recede, it is important to work to ensure your surroundings are safe for everyone. The difficulties you may be facing are contaminated food and water as well as health issues associated with animals and insects.

                “Please make sure your children are not playing in puddles, rivers and streams” stated Jane Ford- Witthoff, Director Public Health Solutions District Health Department. The water may look fun but after a flood the can be deeper than they look, the water may contain contaminants that are both chemical and biological.  Ford-Witthoff continued, “All of the standing flood waters pose a significant health risk to our children and our families”.

                There are new hazards after the flood that everyone should consider:

Fri
08
May

Water Testing Available

Fri
08
May

Agritourism promotion bill advances in Legislature

 

By Kelli Rollin, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--Thursday, May 7 brought long awaited hope for supporters of the Nebraska Agritourism Promotion Act.

Thu
07
May

Weathering the Storm-Tips to Avoid a Second Disaster

Weathering the Storm-Tips to Avoid a Second Disaster

 

LINCOLN – Home repair and cleanup frauds are especially common after a natural disaster hits. Unfortunately, these storms tend to attract con artists and criminals who are hoping to take advantage of distressed homeowners. It's important to be very careful about hiring anyone to work on your home.

Thu
07
May

Mandatory Evacuation Lifted, Voluntary Evacuation Still in Effect, Return at your Own Risk

Mandatory Evacuation Lifted, Voluntary Evacuation Still in Effect, Return at your Own Risk.

Report from the Fairbury Police Dept.

Thu
07
May

Natural Gas Safety Advisory For Fairbury and DeWitt Residents Affected by Flood Waters

As a safety precaution, technicians from natural gas provider, Black Hills Energy, are working with emergency officials in the communities of Fairbury and DeWitt to temporarily shut off natural gas service to customers in the areas affected by flooding.

Black Hills Energy will turn off the natural gas at locations affected by flooding as a safety measure to avoid the risk of natural gas leaks that may occur when equipment or appliances are submerged and pilot lights are extinguished.

Thu
07
May

Waters Near DeWitt

Thu
07
May

Flood Waters Decimate West Fairbury

Area flood related  closings: Hwy. 8 near Reynolds is closed. Hwy. 15 south of Fairbury, Hwy. 8 near Hebron is covered,Hwy. 136 and river road is covered, UP tracks from Hwy. 136 to Maple st are washed out. Fairbury City Park is closed. Maple and Ash Streets are being evacuated with more evacuations possible.

Please respect the barricades and emergency crews.

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