An 80 Year Old Columbus Flood Victim Is Identified

An 80-year-old Columbus woman has died in her home after authorities couldn’t reach her.

The Platte County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of Betty Hamernik Monday.

The sheriff’s report says rescuers from a Lincoln search team were unable to get to Hamernik because of the fast current, high waves and wind gusts of 60 mph. A team from the Nebraska National Guard attempted to rescue Hamernik by air Friday morning.

After several attempts, crew members discovered that Hamernik had died.

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