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Over 9 inches of rain reported; heavy rain floods streets, roads and basements

Heavy rain Friday night and into Saturday has closed some Scotts Bluff County Roads, caused some minor flooding on city streets, and flooded basements.

As of 3 pm Saturday afternoon, official rainfall totals in the region included:

  • Scotts Bluff National Monument: 5.62
  • Scottsbluff Airport: 3.98
  • Delta/Kimball: 3.24
  • Torrington Airport: 3.13
  • Kimball Airport: 2.94
  • Montrose: 1.95
  • Agate Fossil Beds: 1.74
  • Chadron State Park: 1.69
  • Foxtrot/Kimball: 1.65
  • Sidney Airport: 1.51
  • Guernsey: 1.42
  • Chadron Airport: 1.41
  • Alliance Airport: 1.25

In rural areas south of Gering, the public has reported as much as 9.25 inches of rain. Many rain gauges were reported to have overflown in the area. In areas of Scottsbluff and Gering, residents have reported over 5 to 6 inches of rain.

The rain is expected to continue through the evening. though rainfall rates are decreasing, many creeks and streams remain at bank full and even a small amount of additional rainfall could result in flooding.

The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning until 9:45 p.m.  for Scotts Bluff, Kimball, Banner, and Sioux counties in the panhandle, and southern Niobrara, Goshen, eastern Laramie and eastern Platte County in Wyoming.  Many roads, especially along and east of Highway 85 may be impassible due to high water and motorists are advised  to turn around if you encounter these situations.

The rural roads closed are south of Gering and include County Road T and 22, County Road U west of Highway 71 where the bridge is under water, County Road 25 between County Roads R and S, County Road U between County Roads 24 and 25 and County Road W between County Road 25 and 27.

Scotts Bluff County Highway Superintendent  Linda Grummert reminds motorists not to cross water running over a road or a bridge.  You never know what is happening underneath the water.

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