Storms dump more than 5 inches of rain on Omaha
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:04
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
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 07:31
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.