KEARNEY–(AP July 9)–Flash flood warnings have been issued for a section of south-central Nebraska after an overnight deluge.
The National Weather Service said Tuesday that up to 9 inches of rain fell in some spots from storms that struck Buffalo, Dawson, Kearney and Phelps counties. The service says the worst of the flash flooding likely has abated, but flooding is expected along the Platte and other rivers as the storm runoff moves downstream.
Firefighters in Kearney have been rescuing people stranded by street flooding. No injuries have been reported. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office reports several vehicles are stalled in high water on U.S. Highway 30 in Lexington.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney is providing temporary housing for people impacted by flooding in Kearney and surrounding communities, reports our media partner 1011 Now.
UNK opened its Centennial Towers West residence hall on June 9 to accommodate students, faculty and staff, as well as community members displaced by the flooding. The university is also working with nearby hotels to relocate and house hundreds of travelers who were evacuated.
Anyone impacted by the flooding can stay in Centennial Towers West at no cost. Those seeking assistance can check in at the residence hall, located at 1014 W. 29th St. on the UNK campus, just north of the Nebraskan Student Union, or call 308-865-8519.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Lexington, Nebraska, in response to flooding in the area. The shelter is located at Lexington High School (1400 Minuteman Drive, Lexington, NE 68850).
Individuals and families displaced from their home are urged to come to a shelter. Red Cross volunteers are on hand to provide a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, a hot meal and referrals to community services.