Residents of Platte County have been on high alert all day as rivers and creeks all around Columbus have been rising higher and higher, blocking off roads and threatening homes...

"Water is rising really fast, it's scary, really scary," said Paige Miller.

High school student Paige Miller is just one Columbus resident set on edge by rising floodwaters. 

"So devastating to see this all across the state.", said Debra Adelman.

Ice james, snow melts and Wednesday's heavy rains caused Loup River and Shell Creek to flood Columbus streets. 

County roads and anywhere water can gather. 

It's made travel nearly impossible through platte county and much of Nebraska. 
"We went through a living hell," Jessie SIffering said.

Jessie Slffering went on a rescue mission last night to get to his daughter's best friend Michelle...her home in Platte Center was surrounded by water.

"Had anxiety attacks cuz i thought we'd be stuck," Michelle Holyoak said.

Jessie and his daughter drove through this...they sent us this video.

"I told them we'd do whatever we had to do to get these guys out of their house-- I had water halfway up the door of my pickup, we were in the water in the ditch," said Slffering.

Michelle and her family aren't the only ones to leave their homes. 

Kirk Nelson lives in a neighborhood near Loup River. 

"Knowing this was coming we've been preparing... took everything out of the basement and put it on upper floors and self evacuated knowing how high the water is on the loup," said Nelson.

Another resident is Debra Adelman, we interviewed her standing just feet from the rising waters. 

"My house is right over there," said Adelman.

She's been monitoring water levels for the last several days and says they rose significantly over night. 

"I'm going to stay here and monitor this all day and if I have to evacuate I will," said Adelman.

There have been no official evacuation orders and nobody's been reported missing. 

So while waters are rising and it's unknown when they'll go down. That's what these Columbus residents are holding onto. 

"Life is a lot more important than property so we're out here making sure everyone is okay," said Nelson