CARTER LAKE — If floodwaters hit Carter Lake, the city is ready with an evacuation plan.
“It's a worse-case scenario plan, just in case,” said Carter Lake Police Chief Shawn Kannedy, who is leading the city's effort. “We don't foresee any (flooding) in Carter Lake.”
The plan details three flood alert levels:
» Level 1 is a slowly developing event, during which an evacuation order is not issued but the city recommends that residents prepare to leave.
» Level 2 is when a flood-protection system fails and residents are advised to leave the area.
» Level 3 means dangerous flooding is affecting the city and residents are advised to leave immediately.
If Levels 2 or 3 occur, residents who do not need help to find shelter are advised to leave contact information on their front door. All residents are asked to leave town via the primary evacuation route, which directs drivers to go to Ninth and Locust Streets and head west on Locust Street to 16th Street in Omaha. During an evacuation, Ninth Street and Locust Street will be designated as one way.
For residents who need shelter, a rally point will be set up at Omaha North High School, 36th and Ames Streets.