Flood updates: Red Cross closes last of Nebraska, Iowa flood shelters

Flood updates: Red Cross closes last of Nebraska, Iowa flood shelters
Ron Eklund looks east at a flooded Main Street on the eastern edge of Plattsmouth on Saturday. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Red Cross closes last of shelters

The American Red Cross of Nebraska and Southwest Iowa has closed the last of 30 shelters it opened after last month’s flooding.

All of the residents have either returned home or found other accommodations, the organization said.

Two lanes of Northbound Highway 34/75 are open

Both lanes of northbound U.S. Highway 34/Highway 75 are now open, roughly between Bellevue and the Platte River.

The stretch, of which just one lane had been open, reopened to two northbound lanes of traffic between Capehart Road in Bellevue and Webster Boulevard/Bay Road in Cass County, just south of the Platte River and north of Plattsmouth.

One southbound lane remains open.

Hawkins Construction Co. of Omaha worked on the project.

Omaha-based company pledges $100,000

Omaha-based Ag Processing Inc. announced Monday that the company is aiding in the recovery efforts from the recent floods that have affected parts of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

The aid consists of a $100,000 contribution split equally among four charities and relief organizations assisting recovery efforts in the region: the American Red Cross of Nebraska and Southwest Iowa; the Salvation Army of Omaha; the United Way of the Midlands; and the Fremont Area United Way.

“We are encouraged by the care and assistance of countless volunteers and organizations who have provided relief to the people and communities who need it the most. AGP’s contribution supports these recovery efforts,” said AGP Chief Executive Officer Keith Spackler.

AGP is owned by local and regional cooperatives representing farmer-producers across the United States. Its primary operations involve soybean processing and refining.

Flood-relief donations at grocery stores add up

A campaign from March 20 through 31 at 26 Family Fare, Family Fresh Market, Supermercado Nuestra Familia, SunMart and No Frills stores in Nebraska and Iowa yielded funds for the Salvation Army and its flood relief efforts in Nebraska and Iowa.

The SpartanNash stores pledged 100% of the money raised by shoppers, with the company matching donations up to $12,000.

SpartanNash President and CEO Dave Staples, other store officials and Gov. Pete Ricketts plan to present a check Friday at a press conference in Bellevue.