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Widespread damage after strong storms hit metro

Storm clean-up sites announced
Posted at 3:41 AM, Jul 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-10 19:27:24-04

OMAHA, NE — A strong line of storms swept through eastern Nebraska overnight causing downed power lines, power outages, downed trees, and property damage.

Wind gusts in excess of 80 miles per hour hit many parts of metro Omaha. At one point during the night, tornado sirens went off even though there were no tornado warnings. NWS Omaha said the sirens were activated due to storms bringing winds in excess of 74 mph.

Thousands of power outages have been reported across the area. Click here for the latest numbers.

Social media posts showed examples of downed trees and power lines, and damage to homes and cars from fallen trees.

At this point, there have been no reports of any serious injuries caused by the storm.

The storm prompted Metropolitan Community College to close some locations on Saturday.

"Due to power outages, the following MCC locations will be closed on Saturday, July 10: Fort Omaha Campus, South Omaha Campus and MCC South Express. Online and remote learning activities continue as normal," the school said in a release.

A storm debris site is open for residents of La Vista and Papillion. Find details below:

A storm debris dump site will be available starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 10, at the Papillion Public Works site at 9909 Portal Road. This is the same site used for clean up days in the fall and spring.

This will be a site for both La Vista and Papillion communities and will be staffed by both public works departments.

This storm dump site will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Saturday, July 10, until at least Friday, July 16, longer if necessary.

The city of Omaha also announced drop-off locations for storm debris.

Ta Ha Zouka Park - Elkhorn
Hefflinger Park 112th and Maple
Towl Park 93rd and Center
156th and F parking lot
Levi Carter Park (concrete boat ramp area, enter east side of the park)
Al Veys field - 6506 S 60th St

Weather moving in may impact all locations this afternoon.

Hours this weekend:
Today-Noon to dusk
Sunday-Dawn to Dusk

Two storm debris drop-off sites are available for those who live in Sarpy County SIDs and unincorporated areas with Papillion, La Vista or Gretna mailing addresses:

Papillion Public Works, 9909 Portal Road. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 10 and 11, and 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 12-16. Available to those with Papillion or La Vista mailing addresses.

Gretna, on 216th Street between Angus Street and Lincoln Road. Available to those with Gretna mailing addresses.

Both sites will be staffed, and you must present a driver’s license to verify your address. Please only bring trees and branches.

Council Bluffs has also announced storm clean-up efforts:

The Council Bluffs Recycling Center at 4441 Gifford Road will be taking storm debris from Council Bluffs residents at no charge during normal business hours until further notice. Recycling Center hours are 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday and 8 am to 6 pm Monday thru Friday.

Curbside yard waste guidelines will still apply. Limbs and branches should be gathered into bundles no more than 4’ in length, 2’ in diameter, and less than 60 pounds.

Public Works crews are strictly working on opening up the streets today. Clean up efforts will continue on Monday.

Please be cautious of downed power lines entangled in trees that may still be live.

This is a developing story. Stay with 3 News Now and for updates.