Bridge wiped out in Sandhills

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SPENCER DAM, Neb. (KNOP) - The Nebraska State Patrol says the bridge downstream from the Spencer Dam is gone.

A photo from NSP shows Highway 281 where a bridge normally crosses the Niobrara River.

The bridge is downstream from the Spencer Dam.

Highway 281 is already closed in this area. The bridge is near the Holt/Boyd County line in the Sandhills.

News Channel Nebraska said when the Spencer Dam in Holt County broke Thursday morning, Angel’s Straw Bale Saloon and a nearby residence were destroyed as a result of the breach. Kenneth Angel, who lives at the residence, is missing. Search and rescue efforts were hampered by inclement weather conditions and rapidly moving flood waters. The search will continue when weather conditions improve.