Plattsmouth residents woke up Saturday morning to the sound of chainsaws buzzing downed trees and tree limbs following a storm system that brought hurricane level winds as high as 100-miles an hour to southeast Nebraska.
Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert said he declared Plattsmouth a disaster area following the storm, which hit the town at about 8:15 p.m. June 17.
Plattsmouth Police Department, Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department members joined by Elmwood Fire and Rescue, Murray Fire and Rescue and Cass County Emergency Management Agency and paramedic services in cordoning off the city into quarter sections. These volunteers searched for people injured or trapped in their homes, downed utility wires and potential fire hazards.
“If they saw damage on a house, they checked to see if everybody was Ok,” Lambert said. “All the police department came back on duty. They were patrolling and stopping vehicles and controlling traffic. They did a great job of patrolling the area. State troopers also came to keep people from driving around.”
The fire department rescued two people from Schilling Wildlife Management Area. “They had to use a front loader form the city and cut some trees down with chainsaws to get to them. One patient was life-flighted out and the other suffered minor injuries,” Lambert said.
Lambert said City Hall was opened Friday night until remained so until 3 p.m. Saturday, “pending an emergency management situation.”
American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Plattsmouth High School. “It was open until 5 p.m. Saturday. Several people were there Friday night because they were without air-conditioning and power.”
Nebraska Public Power District sent crews from South Sioux City, Kearney and York. “Those crews were backed up with a large crew from Norfolk,” Lambert said.
Plattsmouth Fire Chief Mike Wilson…