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The Latest: Summer flood in Nebraska claims first life

Posted: 5:40 PM, Jul 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-10 18:40:49-04
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COZAD, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in south-central Nebraska (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Authorities in south-central Nebraska say flooding there has claimed the life of a woman.

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office tells station NTV that 46-year-old Shelly Masoner, of Eustis, died Wednesday from injuries she received Tuesday when her vehicle was caught in moving water on Highway 21 and was swept away. Authorities say her car ended up rolling into a ditch filled with water.

Masoner’s is the first death attributed to flooding in the area after up to 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain fell in some spots during storms that struck Buffalo, Dawson, Frontier, Gosper, Kearney and Phelps counties overnight Monday.

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8:15 a.m.

Runoff from heavy rains in south-central Nebraska is moving down several rivers, posing new flood threats.

Warnings were issued after up to 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain fell in some spots during storms that struck Buffalo, Dawson, Frontier, Gosper, Kearney and Phelps counties overnight Monday. Floodwater entered several communities, including Kearney, where several people were stranded in their homes or vehicles.

The National Weather Service says the Wood River at Alda is expected to crest Friday less than a foot below the record set on June 16, 1967. The service says the water will reach houses on the north side of town and cover U.S. Highway 30. Floodwater also invaded the town of around 660 residents after the drenching March storms that hastened the snowmelt and caused widespread flooding in much of eastern Nebraska.

The Republican River expected to crest near its record Wednesday near Orleans, flooding mostly just farmland. The service says the town isn’t in the flood plain.