Water is slowly receding from Valley, Nebraska, after record flooding from the Elkhorn River last week.

Organizers of a new Omaha-area marathon have canceled the race because of a flood-damaged course.

The Valley 7 Lakes Marathon, which would include half- and full-marathon distances, was set for April 27 in Valley. The western Douglas County city experienced extensive flood damage earlier this month.

Organizers said they’re unable to host the event due to poor road conditions caused by high-standing water and washed-away roads along the course.

The race will be back next year on April 25, race director Will Lindgren said.

“We looked at every possible way to get the runners through the course, but there’s no way to do it for this year,” Lindgren said. “We looked at rescheduling, but we know our preferred date is spring.”

Lindgren said he’s been in touch with the 310 runners who had registered for the event. Some have requested refunds, some have donated their entry fees to next year’s race and others have accepted waived entry fees for next year’s event, Lindgren said.

Floods devastate Nebraska, Iowa in March 2019

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People who populate the towns and small lake communities along the Platte River west and south of Omaha were taking stock of their homes and futures this week. Some of the properties are second homes or summer getaways, but just as many are full-time residences, from small mobile homes to comfortable villas.

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After drenching rains Tuesday and heavy snow on Wednesday, Gibbon’s low spots became apparent, first as water filled streets to the curb, and later on Thursday and Friday as the water spilled into lawns and driveways before lapping at foundations. “I’ve never seen so much water, or the force and damage it can do in a short time,” firefighter Jamey Rome said.

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Thirty buildings, including the 55th Wing headquarters and the two major aircraft maintenance facilities, had been flooded with up to 8 feet of water, and 30 more structures damaged. About 3,000 feet of the base’s 11,700-foot runway was submerged. No one, though, had been injured.

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