Evacuations underway in Pierce

PIERCE, NE (News Channel Nebraska) – Rescue and law enforcement officials are sandbagging riverbanks and evacuating residents in the northeast Nebraska town of Pierce.

Residents at the assisted living facility Pierce Manor are being moved to facilities in nearby Norfolk. The Manor has over 40 residents that need to be moved.

Meanwhile, law enforcement officials have begun evacuating residents that live along the banks of the North Fork of the Elkhorn River. Pierce Public Schools have been opened for those displaced by the water.

The North Fork is currently forecast to crest at 17.6 feet early Friday. If the river reaches those levels it would mark the first time ever that the North Fork swelled over the levee.