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(March 13, 2019)

Douglas County Emergency Management Agency (DCEMA) has established a Unified Command to prepare for potential flooding due to heavy rain and snow melt.  The Platte and Elkhorn Rivers are expected to quickly reach very high levels. Residents should monitor the National Weather Service website (https://www.weather.gov/oax)  and prepare to evacuate if necessary.

The Unified Command includes these agencies: DCEMA, Omaha Police and Fire, Public Works, Parks Department, Douglas County Sheriff, and law enforcement agencies and volunteer fire departments in Douglas County.

Effective immediately, Pershing Drive from Ponca Road to Oakridge Drive has been closed due to flooding, debris on the road, and the threat of mudslides. Additional safety precautions may be necessary.  Pershing Drive will be closed until further notice.

The temporary road repairs made Tuesday evening to Elmwood Park Road have been washed out by continued heavy snow runoff, rain, and traffic volume.  The Parks Department has barricaded the park road from Pacific Street to University Drive.

Hot asphalt will be available Monday for repairs. Until then, the Parks Department is evaluating additional temporary measures that would allow the road to reopen.

Despite being resurfaced just two years ago, the road has been significantly damaged by the severe winter conditions.

During repairs, drivers are encouraged to use the secondary park road that connects Pacific Street to Leavenworth.

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