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Flash flooding prompts rescues, evacuations in south-central Nebraska

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Posted at 5:41 PM, Jul 09, 2019

KEARNEY, Neb. (KMTV) — The National Weather Service says up to 9 inches of rain fell Monday evening into Tuesday morning in parts of Buffalo, Dawson, Kearney and Phelps counties. Many streets and businesses are flooded in Kearney.

Firefighters have been rescuing a number of people stranded by street flooding.

They've been rescuing guests from hotels in the southern part of the city and taking them to higher ground.
So far, there are no reports of any injuries.

The University of Nebaska at Kearney is offering dorm space as a temporary housing for people affected in Kearney and surrounding communities. The university is also working with nearby hotels to relocate and house hundreds of travelers who were evacuated.

Joey Decker Productions shares a bird's eye view of the flooding near 2nd Avenue in Kearney.

The Nebraska State Patrol used a light armored vehicle to navigate the flooded roads in Kearney.

Kearney police officers and Nebraska troopers have been checking several businesses impacted by high water.

Lexington is also dealing with high water. According to the Dawson County Sheriff's office, several vehicles stalled in high water on U.S. Highway 30. Neighborhoods and highways in town are waterlogged. The American Red Cross also has opened a shelter inside Lexington High School.

During the heavy rain, a driver became stuck in the middle of Highway 30 in Lexington Monday night.

Holdrege Police Department captured the aftermath of the heavy rain. Photos showed where several feet of water filled up in low spots. Another picture showed what appeared to be a truck possibly floating in the water.

Flash flooding wasn't the only factor. Nebraska Public Power District reports the storm knocked down two miles of power lines between Holdrege and Axtell, destroying 36 poles.