Unrelenting rain closes some Lincoln roads

September 5, 2018 GMT

Flash flooding is a risk across south-central and southeast Nebraska due to more rain pounding the region overnight.

As of Tuesday afternoon, most of southeast Nebraska had received 3 to 7 inches of rain in the past week, with one or more inches possible overnight.

The rain prompted some road closures in Lancaster County and at least one county road sloughed off into a nearby creek. Worried about the potential for flooding, officials in Lincoln and Lancaster County have advised people to be prepared to evacuate — and to avoid driving onto flooded roads or playing in floodwaters.

Scott Dergan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a slight break in the rain is possible Wednesday afternoon into Thursday, but it’s not guaranteed. The potential for significant rain returns Friday into Saturday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon reach into the heart of the country. The key will be whether the remnants of Gordon stay to the south in Missouri or whether they swing farther north into Nebraska, he said.

After that, conditions should improve, he said.

“By Sunday, we’re out of the woods,” Dergan said.