Flood waters destroy rural Spencer residence, occupant missing

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Officials say one person is missing after his residence was destroyed after the breach of the Spencer Dam. 

The Holt County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that all emergency personnel in Boyd and Holt Counties were activated Thursday morning after the Spence Dam became compromised. They said Angel’s Straw Bale Saloon downstream of the dam and a nearby residence were destroyed as a result of the breach. The occupant of the residence, Kenneth Angel, is believed to be missing. 

Due to weather conditions and flood waters, search and rescue efforts were hindered. The search for Angel will continue. 

The collapse of the dam also caused the Niobrara Bridge, which is about 23 miles north of O’Neill, to fail. 

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