Authorities have resumed attempts to remove a vehicle belonging to two North Platte teens, who have been missing since mid-May, from the South Platte River.
According to Chief Deputy Roland Kramer of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), law enforcement, volunteers and crews from Western Engineering have been at the site of the accident on South River Road since early this morning.
Officials announced last week that flows on the South Platte River had decreased and were expected to decrease more by the beginning of this week.
At this point, it looks like the flows have held true to projections, and authorities can now resume efforts to recover the vehicle.
Initially, Kramer said they were hopeful that the equipment could be put in place today, and they could begin the process of extracting the vehicle.
However, Kramer said the goal now is to get the equipment in place today and begin the extraction process first thing tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.
Kramer said the safety of the heavy equipment operators and of everyone involved is always the most important thing to consider, and it takes time to get everything into place.
According to Kramer, the goal is to get the equipment about halfway out to the location of the vehicle. He also said there is an island near the vehicle’s location, and they would like to get some equipment onto the island as well.
Volunteer divers first located the vehicle about a week after the teens’ vehicle drove into the swollen river on the night of May 18.
Due to the high waters and swift currents of the river, authorities were forced to wait until the water subsided.
Kramer said he is hopeful they can bring closure to the families of Lexie Wiezorek and Noah Ramos soon.