Flood Sand Overwhelms Landowners


SUSPECT OUTSIDE OF THAT BUSINESS. SHORTLY AFTE SHOTS WERE FIRED. THE SOUTH SIOUX CITY OFFICER AND MALE BOTH SUSTAINED INJURIES AND WERE TRANSPORTED TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL. THIS IS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION AND NO OTHER DETAILS WILL BE RELEASED AT THIS TIME. YOU CAN WATCH FOR CONDITION UPDATES AND THE LATEST DETAILS ON OUR WEBSIT THAT’S SIOUXLANDPROUD. COM. IT’S BEEN NEARLY TWO MONTHS SINCE FLOODWATERS SWALLOWED UP HOMES AND TURNED FARMLAND INTO LAKES. THE WATER IS MOSTLY GONE, BUT IT HAS LEFT BEHIND PILES OF SAND AND A MASSIVE MESS TO CLEAN UP. REPORTER SARAH FILI SHOWS US WHY HOME OWNER ARE STILL OVERWHELMED… ” ABOARD AN AIRBOAT.. WATCHING AS FLOODWATERS FROM THE ELKHORN RIVER FLOW ACROSS THE ROAD.. ROSIE GABRIEL CAN SEE HER HOUSE..UNDERWAT ER. “HEARTBREAKING, HEARTBREAKING. JUST EVERYTHING YOU WORK FOR WAS GONE.” THE WATER.. OVERWHELMING THE PROPERTY. “NINE FEET IN THE BASEMENT AND ALMOST 5 INSIDE THE FIRST LEVEL OF THE HOME.” SARAH FILI/ REPORTING: “AFTER THE FLOODWATERS RECEDED, THE GABRIEL FAMILY WAS LEFT WITH A MESS.. NOT ONLY MUD BUT MOUNTAINS OF SAND..” “FIRST WE HAD TO RENT A TRACTOR TO DIG OUR WAY IN, DIG OUR STUFF OUT..” AFTER ALMOST A MONTH IN A MOTEL THE GABRIEL’S DECIDED TO MOVE INTO THE TOP FLOOR OF THEIR BARN.. DISCOVERING THE GROUND DESTROYED. THE LAND OUT HERE WAS JUST LIKE.. SINKHOLES.. IT JUST OPENED UP AND SWALLOWED EVERYTHING LEFT BEHIND NOW, THEY’RE TRYING TO GET RID OF ALL THAT SAND.. AND FIXING THEIR HOME. “ALL I WANT TO DO IS JUST GO AND START COOKING, I MISS COOKING, I MISS CLEANING MY HOME I MISS JUST BEING INSIDE.” ON THE BARN’S FIRST FLOOR.. AND INSIDE THE HOUS FLOORS AND DRYWALL ARE TORN UP. AFTER MONTHS OF DEBATE, THE S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE PASSED A DISASTER AID BILL. THE BILL INCLUDES 19

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