Tunnel of water

Traffic passes through a flooded area near 50th and F Streets in Omaha on Aug. 20.

Officials in eastern Nebraska on Wednesday will keep one eye on the sky and the other on area rivers and creeks for possible flooding, even as the rain start dropping off.  

New rainfall amounts of a half-inch to 1 inch are possible across the area, said Bryon Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Valley. That's considerably less than on recent days, especially in Lincoln, which received more than 6 inches over the past four days.  

"It looks like this morning that the heavier rainfall is going to take place where (the ground) can take it," Miller said. "The Lincoln area should see less than a quarter inch of rain."

The weather service has advised that a number of streams could spill out of their banks, including the Salt Creeks and the Big and Little Blue Rivers, in the event that heavy rains return. 

The Nebraska Department of Roads said flooding has occurred on Bennet Road and Rokeby Road just south of Lincoln. Nebraska Highway 103 from Crete to Wilber is also closed due to flooding. 

Portions of southeast Nebraska, including Lancaster, Sarpy, Saunders, Cass, Gage, Jefferson, Otoe, Saline and Seward Counties, will remain in the flash flood watch until 1 p.m. today. Cities in the watch area include Wahoo, Ashland, Yutan, Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Seward, Milford, Lincoln, Plattsmouth, Nebraska City, Crete, Wilber, Fairbury and Beatrice. 

Miller said rain will taper off in the Omaha area, with just .10 to .40 of an inch predicted. The rain is expected to end Wednesday afternoon, although the forecast calls for a slight risk for excessive rainfall Wednesday night through Thursday throughout southeast Nebraska. 

The chances for rain Thursday in southeast Nebraska are 20 to 40 percent, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Chances on Friday are pegged at 20 to 50 percent in southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. 

Kevin Cole covers Omaha crime and public safety news. Follow him on Twitter @KevinColeOmaha. Phone: 402-444-1272.

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