Heavy rains — more than 3 inches in many locations — soaked the Omaha metro area Sunday morning, setting a record for Aug. 11 at Eppley Airfield and causing minor street flooding in some locations, including Council Bluffs.
Similar amounts fell in the Nebraska Panhandle, prompting flash flood warnings there, including along Interstate 80.
Eppley measured 3.08 inches of rain, obliterating the previous record rainfall for the date of 1.44 inches, set in 1940.
Other rainfall amounts from Sunday morning: 3.85 inches at Bennington; 3.46 at Elkhorn; 3.08 inches at Valley; 2.88 at Crescent, Iowa; 3 inches at Oakland, Iowa; 2.86 near 78th Street and Sorensen Parkway; and 2.28 inches at La Vista.
Some Council Bluffs residents were prepared after being hit by past flooding, with new basement sump pumps and other measures in place for Sunday’s downpour.
On Sunday night, a new round of storms began moving east across Nebraska, promising even more rain. A flash flood watch was in effect for early Monday morning across parts of southern Nebraska, including Lincoln and the Omaha metro area.
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