The state of Nebraska experienced heavy flooding mid-March. Heavy rains mixed with dense snow pack resulted in historic flood levels as levies and dams across the region was overwhelmed.
The town of Fremont, located just 28 miles from Omaha, saw extensive road closures due to rapidly rising water levels. U.S. Highway 275 that runs between Fremont and Omaha was closed. Also, U.S. Highway 77 that runs north and south of the city had been closed, and U.S. Highway 30 running east and west of the city was closed.
The road closures had effectively isolated the small town, leaving residents stranded and water levels were not expected to crest for a few days.