Bridges washed out, one rescue in Northwest-Central Nebraska
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AINSWORTH, Neb. — Several inches of rain fell across parts of Nebraska, washing out county roads in Brown, Rock and Holt counties.
The National Weather Service reports that Meadville Avenue in Ainsworth has several areas washed out or damaged, saying one driver had to be rescued early Thursday morning.
Firefighters were called to the area around 3:30 a.m. after a pickup truck went into flooded Bone Creek, and the 35-year-old driver fell while trying to get out of the truck, according to the Associated Press.
The woman was then swept 200 to 300 yards downstream until she was able to grab onto a tree.
Rescuers were able to locate her minutes later by the light on her cellphone.
Officials say 4 to 8 inches of rain fell Tuesday and Wednesday in the area, and the National Weather Service said flood warnings remained in effect for Rock, Brown, Holt, Keya Paha and Boyd counties Thursday.
NWS said the approach to the Bone Creek bridge between Roads 881 and 884 is also washed out.
In Holt County, they said the Elkhorn River is out of its banks and water is over County Road 494. Low land flooding was also reported.
Road officials are asking people to avoid traveling in the area until they can assess the damage.