Sunday, August 8, 2021


OMAHA, Neb. — Torrential rain, wind and hail socked Omaha, Council Bluffs and Sarpy County Saturday evening prompting a rare Flash Flood Emergency in the downtown Omaha area as rapid runoff left drivers stranded or at least knee-deep in water. At 10:15 p.m., the National Weather Service reported six rescues had already taken place of drivers stranded in flooded vehicles in southeast Omaha. Cars were reported to be floating near 11th and Leavenworth in downtown Omaha, and others were stranded at Leavenworth and Saddle Creek.Social media filled with video of the newly-formed rivers downtown. Rain fell so fast and fierce, visibility was near zero for those who tried to drive on the streets at the height of the storm. Nickel to quarter-sized hail fell along a path from Dodge to Harrison, 144th east to the Missouri River. Source

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