Torrential rains cause flooding, power issues, water in homes

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A torrential downpour Friday evening in many areas of the panhandle created significant street flooding, stranded motorists and caused power issues in Kimball County.

The rain, accompanied by high winds, came down in sheets in many places for close to a half hour. Gering had some of the larger rainfall totals with 1.7" to as much as 2.4" reported in the center of town. The heavy rain also stranded motorists, flooding 10th Street north of Country Club Road. There was also mud from nearby fields and yards in many streets in Gering.

Scottsbluff also reported significant street flooding, with two to three feet of water on some streets in both Scottsbluff and Gering and water entering a few homes. Mulch from island landscaping in the middle of Broadway and 20th Street was also moved several blocks by the running water. At KNEB, we received one and a quarter inches of rain and at the airport a little less than inch of moisture was measured. But 1.77" of rain was reported one and a quarter miles northwest of Riverview Golf Course.

In Kimball County, wind gusts of 70 miles per hour seven and eight miles southwest of Kimball knocked down power lines. There were a number of road closures over southeast Kimball County due to flooding and 1 .2" of rain fell in 30 minutes in Dix.

Two inches of rain was reported just west of Minatare, three inches in and a mile north of Minatare, 1.5" four miles northwest of Bayard, and .91" in Chadron. Two inches of rain was also reported a mile from Moomaws corner and two and a half inches a half mile south of the Western Nebraska Regional Airport.


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