Effects of Flooding in South-Central Nebraska

by Will Bauer, NET News

July 9, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

Up to nine inches of rain fell Monday night and Tuesday morning in some areas of south-central Nebraska, causing flash flooding.

The National Weather Service in Hastings said the majority of the rainfall is over, but NWS is expecting as much as another inch of rain Tuesday night.

Jeni Campana, a spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Transportation, said many roads are under water, including an I-80 exit near Kearney and highway 30 from Kearney to Elm Creek.

“It’s a very dynamic situation," Campana said. "As the water continues to move downstream, we’re seeing some areas recede while some other areas are continuing to rise.”

Campana said only one portion of roadway has been damaged on highway 30 near Odessa. NDOT is unsure when the flooding on roadways will recede as the situation is changing constantly. NDOT recommends checking the Nebraska 511 app or calling Nebraska 511 for the latest updates.

“We really want to remind people to not drive over especially running water or flooded roadways," Campana said. "If you can find an alternate route, please do. It’s always best to be safe.”

NWS expects some of the standing water to stay around until the weekend, but NWS predicts three days of dry weather following tonight’s rain.

Homes in many communities are also flooded. The University of Nebraska at Kearney opened up their residence halls and nearly 200 people have checked into UNK residence halls, according to a UNK press release.