Person missing in wake of Spencer Dam breach

HOLT COUNTY, NE (News Channel Nebraska) – Officials say a dam in north-central Nebraska had been compromised.

The Holt County Sheriff’s Office says the Spencer Dam was compromised in the early morning hours of Thursday. The Dam is 23 miles north of O’Neill.

O’Neill Fire and Rescue used rope rescue training to rescue a person whose residence was in-line with the dam breach. The residence was completely surrounded by ice and water.

Angel’s Straw Bale Saloon and a nearby residence were destroyed as a result of the breach. Kenneth Angel, who lives at the residence, is missing. Search and rescue efforts were hampered by inclement weather conditions and rapidly moving flood waters. The search will continue when weather conditions improve.