April 25 - - An Ocean of Water - -The Missouri Getting Deeper and Deeper said the News headline. . . At Plattsmouth the east approach of the railroad bridge was washed out and the transfer boat, Vice President, was steamed up and started for that place. . . Matt Pyle, who rowed the Iowa bottoms in a boat, said he counted 40 families marooned in their houses. . . People generally determined to stay with their homes, even though they had to move to the second floor and take their livestock with them. . . Joe Maddox a mail carrier said from Wyoming signals of distress could be seen on the Iowa side coming from persons who climbed trees to escape rushing waters.
Early that morning the bell tower at the City Hall tolled out an alarm. Mayor T.B. Stevenson read to the citizens a call for help from Percival where six inches of water ran through many houses. C. Keyser messaged that humans and live stock were in danger. Julian Metcalfe was put in charge of finances and $150 to finance a rescue expedition was raised on the spot.