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Storms dump more than 5 inches of rain on Omaha

The severe storms that moved across eastern Nebraska Tuesday drenched the area, and Omaha set a new record for the day with 5.3 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service says Omaha received the most rainfall, but Blair received 3.8 inches of rain and several other cities received more than 2 inches.

Tekamah, Norfolk, York, Columbus, Fremont and Nebraska City all received between 2 inches and 3 inches of rain.

Grand Island, Wahoo, Valley and Aurora all reported just less than 2 inches of rain.

The heavy rains created some street flooding in Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday night, and prompted warnings about the possibility of more flooding Wednesday morning southwest of Columbus, Nebraska and in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri.

In a related news note, electrical power has been restored to all but a few hundred customers in eastern Nebraska who lost electricity when powerful thunderstorms rolled through.

Omaha Public Power District says that, as of 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, 859 customers still had no power. Spokesman Mike Jones says the number rose Wednesday morning because power was cut to more than 730 customers in one area so a tree could be removed from some wires. The outages peaked at more than 5,100 around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Nebraska Public Power District says 122 customers in Craig and 747 customers Tekamah have no power. Both cities are in northeastern Nebraska.

Norris Public Power District says about 100 customers in DeWitt, Lewiston and other areas don't have power, down from around 3,500 that lost electricity during the storms.

 

Cherry County Relay for Life June 7th

The American Cancer Society and the Cherry County Relay for Life kicks off their annual event with a survivor's breakfast on Saturday, June 7th at 8:00 am until 10:00 am at the Valentine High School's track. A free will offering hamburger feed hosted by the Lions Club will begin at 5:00 pm. The opening ceremonies are scheduled for 6:30 pm with lots of entertainment planned throughout the night, including Zumba, dance performances, a cake walk and a live auction. The event continues until 1:00 am on Sunday, June 8th, with the final lap to "We are the Champions" by Queen.

 

Fatal One Vehicle Accident

According to Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott, a fatal one-vehicle rollover accident that occurred earlier today, June 3rd, 2014, has claimed the life of a Hastings, Nebraska man. 51 year old Barry Albers was killed when the vehicle he was driving rolled approximately 14 miles southeast of Valentine on Highway 20 near the Arabia Ranch.

An investigation into the accident by the Cherry County Sheriff's Department indicated that the accident was weather related.

   

Wanda Huebner Named Winner of Second Half of National Radio Month

May is now a distant memory, and National Radio Month is over. KVSH would like to thank all of the sponsors of the National Radio Month promotion, where listeners had a chance to call in twice daily to name the title of an old time radio hit. Those daily winners were put into a drawing to win $250 in Chamber Bucks, and there were two chances to win for the first and second half of the month. The winner of the second half of the promotion is Wanda Huebner. Congratulations, Wanda, and thank you to all of our listeners for playing!

 

 

Home Ownership Meeting in Valentine

 

National Homeownership Month is celebrated each June to recognize the importance of homeownership in communities and to families across the nation.  In Nebraska, USDA officials will be holding a number of community informational meetings to highlight programs to help rural residents buy or repair homes used as their permanent residence.

A public informational meeting is scheduled on June 10, 2014 in Valentine, at the Niobrara Lodge from 5:30 p.m. –6:30 p.m. to learn if you may qualify for these federal programs.

Housing plays an important role in creating jobs, maintaining viable rural communities and contributing to the economy.

Since 2000, Rural Development in Nebraska has helped 63 families to become homeowners in Cherry County by providing $3.9 million of home loans through its guaranteed rural housing and direct loan programs.

For more information contact the Rural Development office nearest you.  You can locate an office by visiting: www.rurdev.usda.gov/NE-Contact.html.

   

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