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With the onset of flooding in the next few days/weeks

please read the following

Flood Preparation Update from the City of Plattsmouth

 

Issued June 7, 2011
City of Plattsmouth, NE

NDOR District Engineer Tim Weander met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers yesterday, and, based on expected Missouri River flood levels, it is now deemed unlikely that U.S. Highway 75 will be flooded and closed. There is still a bit of uncertainty and conditions could change, especially if Platte River levels increase more than expected.

Based on expected release of 150,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) from Gavins Point Dam, anticipated water level at the wastewater treatment plant will be approximately 963.78 feet above sea level. The levee has been sandbagged to approximately 968 feet above sea level. Elevation of flood water on June 6, 2011, was 960.061 feet above seal level.

Based on expected release of 150,000 CFS from Gavins Point Dam, anticipated water level at the water treatment plant will be approximately 966.9 feet above sea level. Elevation of flood water on June 6, 2011, was 960.465 feet above sea level.

Three water wells have been taken out of service by cutting electric power, closing valves, and removing pump motors. The four remaining wells have been sandbagged and reinforced to protect against expected flood waters. Those wells will produce sufficient water to supply the community. Water conservation would be most helpful.

Volunteers: At the present time, additional volunteers are not needed. If, however, an emergency exists, getting volunteers to work quickly may be important. If you wish to be added to a volunteer list, please contact the City Clerk's office at (402) 296-2522, ext 301. You may need to leave a voice mail message. You may also send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We ask that you provide your name and telephone number. Thank you.

Issued June 6, 2011
City of Plattsmouth, NE

Plattsmouth will soon be affected by floodwaters along the Missouri River. We are told by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that flood waters will remain high in the Plattsmouth area through at least late August, perhaps into early fall.

City officials are working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and engineers contracted to the City to understand the threat and to respond to that threat. We are also in contact with emergency management officials from Cass County and Nebraska Emergency Management.

Considerable effort has been taken in the last five days to protect public infrastructure, particularly Plattsmouth’s waste water (sewer) and water treatment plants. Both plants are expected to be completely surrounded by flood waters soon. The City’s goal is to keep both plants operational.

City officials have received numerous questions about the potential risk of flood water contaminating the City water supply. Contamination should not be an issue unless flood waters cause a major component failure.

Restrictions on water usage may be suggested in the near future only because the road to the water treatment plant is currently under water. Without truck access, we are limited in our ability to add lime to the water treatment process. As lime on hand is used up, water hardness will increase and we will experience an iron build-up in treated water. With increased iron build-up, we may be unable to keep up with heavy summer usage. Immediate voluntary reduction of water usage, such as watering lawns and car washing, would be most helpful.

Based on data known today, we do not believe any property west of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks on the east side of Plattsmouth is subject to flooding.

Numerous citizens have called City Hall inquiring about the potential for basement floor drain backup. While we have no reason to believe such a threat currently exists, those who wish to prevent the possibility of basement sewage back up, now or at any time in the future, could install a rubber compression plug that may be purchased at most hardware or plumbing supply stores for less than $10.00, generally.

Additional information may be available through the following sources:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

National Weather Service, Valley, NE

Nebraska Department of Roads (State and U.S. Highway road closures)

For further information, contact:
Kevin Larson, City of Plattsmouth
402-296-4168

 
 
Please send your flooding pictures to
 
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Picture taken with my cell phone 5/29/11 - where our recycling trailer USED to be
 
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Picture taken 6/6/11  Look at the difference!?
 
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Where the campground/boat dock used to be
 
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See that little black thing between the trees?  That is a little grill. 
 
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Home on River Road that is barricading itself.
 

 

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TEMPORARY SUSPENSION of the DMV driver licensing services located in Plattsmouth, Cass County -- The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles announces the temporary suspension of the services beginning Monday (6/13). The suspension of service is necessary to assist with the completion of the Cass County Courthouse renovation.    

 “The Department has worked closely with the Cass County Board of Commissioners in an attempt to relocate our driver licensing services during the courthouse renovation,” said Beverly Neth, Director, Department of Motor Vehicles. “Much to everyone’s disappointment, none of the three facilities we investigated met our needs.” 

“The Department will resume all driver licensing services in Cass County as soon as possible, said Neth. “In the meantime, I encourage those who are renewing to go to our website www.clickdmv.ne.gov to access our on-line driver license renewal process.  It is an easy and quick process that can be used by many people.” 

The Cass County Treasurer's Office will remain open to process duplicate and replacement non-commercial driver licenses and state ID cards. All motor vehicle services will be available as well.  

All driver-licensing services are scheduled to resume on August 18th.


HTC

Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund releases initial assessment results of Phase I HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC) and announces Strategy Meeting date change.  
 
Opportunity Retreat
The Retreat provided an opportunity where preliminary assessment results of the four pillar areas was shared.  Attached is the presentation, as well as, general reactions/responses and our next steps.
 
Strategy Meeting
Date change - To be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Plattsmouth Senior Center, 308 South 18th Street, Plattsmouth, NE 68048.  Join us for a meeting where the four pillar Task Force Members will present strategy options and recommendations based on the final assessment results.  Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Based on the Phase I Assessment outcome and community feedback provided during this meeting, the Plattsmouth Community Foundation Fund will determine next steps.    We hope you’ll join us.  For more information on the HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC) Strategy Meetings please contact Annette Wiles, information provided below.
 
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(402)677-1703 Phone
(402)298-7174 Fax

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Missoula Children's Theatre Auditions

The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley announces that they will be hosting a summer residency of the Missoula Children's Theatre from Missoula, Montana.  Auditions for the summer production of, "Pinocchio" will be held at the theatre on Monday, June 13th at 10am.  This is an open audition for all children entering the first through the seventh grade. 


Approximately sixty local children will be cast.  The audition will last approximately two hours.  The first rehearsal begins 15-30 minutes after auditions.  A detailed rehearsal schedule for each child will be distributed that day.  Actors who are cast need to attend all required rehearsals during the course of the week.  Children should bring their own sack lunch each day, including a lunch for June 13.


There will be two public performances of "Pinocchio" on Saturday, June 18.  The first show will begin at 3pm; the second at 6pm.  The cast will be called for a dress rehearsal 2-4 hours before the first performance.  Tickets for the shows are $5 for children and $8 for adults.  Please call the Lofte box office at (402) 234-2553 for advance reservations. 


Missoula Children's Theatre is a non-profit organization based out of Missoula, Montana.  Each year the organization visits 1,300 communities across the globe.  This year's visit to the Lofte Community Theatre is sponsored by Home State Bank and Plattsmouth State Bank.  Questions in regards to the show or auditions may be directed to Anne Pope by emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the theatre.


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Due to the flooding in Plattsmouth, the Recycling Trailer

can be found in the North parking lot of

Rhylander Park.    (By the baseball fields)

 

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The 2011 Nebraska State Fair is approaching, and I am searching for volunteers to work in the Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism’s booth. The State Fair dates this year are Friday, August 26th through Monday, September 5th (Labor Day). A variety of time slots are open for volunteers each day. Our office will supply all volunteers with gate passes and vendor parking passes for your admittance to the fair on the days you volunteer.  Our booth is located inside of the air-conditioned Exhibition Building at Fonner Park in Grand Island.
 
The available time slots are:
Daily, August 26th-September 4th: 9am–1pm, 1pm–5pm, 5pm–9pm
Monday, September 5th (Labor Day): 9am–2pm, 2pm–7pm
 
Feel free to sign up for an entire day, or just one or two time slots – whatever works with your schedule. If you are available to volunteer for any of the above time slots, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-471-3796. If you volunteer to work at the fair booth, feel free to bring a supply of brochures from your area with you on the day you are working at the booth. This is a great opportunity to promote your corner of Nebraska along with the rest of our great state.
 
For online details about the Nebraska State Fair go to www.statefair.org.

Heather Hogue
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Division of Travel and Tourism
301 Centennial Mall South, 4th Floor
PO Box 98907
Lincoln, NE 68509
1-877-NEBRASKA
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Plattsmouth Welcomes New Principal Sponsor SAC Federal Credit Union - Jackie and her group are celebrating 65 Years supporting the Community, and we wish to thank them for sustaining our Plattsmouth Wednesday Community Newsletter. 

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