SILVER CREEK — Residents of only two homes in the Silver Creek area were evacuated this week, according to Denise Ziemba, the emergency manager for Boone, Merrick and Nance counties.
Those homes are west of Highway 39. Also evacuated were a business and Fisher’s Cove RV Park, which is just west of Silver Creek.
Residents of the two homes were asked to leave because of construction on the Highway 30 bridge west of town. Due to the construction, water from the creek was backing up, Ziemba said.
The residents got back in their homes later Wednesday, when Silver Creek started dropping. The business will be able to return today.
“The Prairie Creek is still sitting pretty high, but it’s not anywhere where it’s putting anybody in jeopardy,” Ziemba said Wednesday evening.
Earlier in the day, one of the owners of Fisher’s Cove was keeping a close eye on Silver Creek. The RV park advertises that it offers prime lakefront sites, but the proximity is a little too close this week.
From 5 p.m. Tuesday until noon Wednesday, the height of Silver Creek raised 2 inches, said Tom Greco, one of the owners of the RV park.
The creek started rising Monday night, Greco said. But it was even higher during the March flood.
He was hopeful that the creek might start dropping late Wednesday or early Thursday if Mother Nature cooperates.
But so far, Fisher’s Cove hasn’t had much luck. The RV park opened in April.
Area residents sandbagged culverts on Highway 39 “so that water couldn’t get into town when it got that high,” Ziemba said.
Meanwhile, farmers in the area aren’t in a good mood.
This week’s rain makes it harder to check cattle and get into the fields, said Scott Beck, who lives 5 miles north of Silver Creek.
“It’s just making life a little harder,” Beck said.
He still hasn’t planted anything this year.
“I don’t know if we will be able to this year,” said Beck, who farms, ranches and feeds cattle.
It has been consistently wet since mid-March, he said. In fact, the problems go back to last year. “It’s been a challenge since last summer.”
The loss of a Nance County bridge has had a big impact on the area. The bridge, which is 8 miles north of Silver Creek on Highway 39, has been out since mid-March. Normally, that bridge provides easy access to Genoa, which is just across the Loup River.
Before the bridge was damaged, Beck could get to Genoa in five minutes. Now, it takes 45 minutes to an hour. People in the area have to drive through Columbus or Fullerton to get to Genoa.
During normal times, Beck does a lot of business in Genoa. He goes to a repair shop, and he buys a lot of fertilizer and seed.
So the loss of the bridge is undoubtedly being felt in Genoa.